They earn one with the hammer but it could have been two. Satsuki Fujisawa only has to hit a deep-lying Korean stone on the nose, but doesn't quite manage it and Japan have to settle for one. They trail 6-4 and they're running out of ends. Just two to go now.
Japan have the hammer and with just their last shot to go, the house is so full of red Korean stones it looks like it's got measles. There's five in there - but one yellow spoiling the Korean fun. Fujisawa can only smash into a guard with her final stone, so the question is, how many is this steal worth? There's certainly one, and out comes the measure to check whether's it's two. Nope. Just the one - but it's a valuable one for Korea. They are now 6-3 up with three ends remaining.
An absolute peach of a shot by Korean third Hyerin Kim to take out three Japanese stones in a straight row at the front of the eight-foot. That pretty much clears the house and Korea later opt to draw for one to extend their lead to 5-3 as both teams head for a drink at the fourth-end break.
Japanese first Yurika Yoshida hogs the very first stone of end three. Hardly the ideal start! It sets the tone for a very messy end including a very light draw from Chinami Yoshida and an attempted draw for two by Minji Kim with the final stone that sails through the house. All in all, best forgotten really! Japan take one from it and cut Korea's lead to 4-3.
Impossible situation here for Japan. Korea have four dotted around the house including two together back right which are jammed in by a third just behind them just outside of the house. Fujisawa does the best she can by knocking one out, but that only leaves Kim a simple free draw for four. Big statement there in the second end by the Pacific-Asia champions. 4-2
A tasty hit and roll from Fujisawa with Japan's penultimate stone leaves them lying two. Minji Kim attempts the double take-out but is off line and only knocks out one, allowing Fujisawa a simple draw for the deuce. Yep, no problem at all. Japan go 2-0 up.
Japan have the hammer, by virtue of their superior points record in the group stage. Korean lead Sujin Kim is first to slide out of the hack...
Team Fujisawa and Team Kim take centre stage. A brief chat with competition manager Uli Kapp and on to the ice goes the Japanese rink for first practice.
Team Fujisawa enjoy a 5-2 record over Team Minji Kim, their neighbours from across the East Sea. Their last encounter saw a dramatic 12-8 win for Korea at the recent Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in which Team Kim stole three in the final end.