10 May 2019

Jones on verge of final as Tirinzoni books spot

©WCF / Celine Stucki

The world champions were impeccable on day three in Beijing.

Switzerland’s Team Silvana Tirinzini sealed their berth in Sunday’s championship final on their debut Curling World Cup event, with Canada close to joining them.

The recent world champions were ruthless on day three, with skip Tirinzoni and co defeating Korea 8-4 – which included three consecutive steal – and beating Russia 7-5 in the evening session.

Although their place in the final is confirmed, the team’s skip is determined to focus on their remaining round-robin fixtures.

"We'll just play one rock at a time,” said Tirinzoni. "We’re looking forward to playing the next round-robin games before focusing on the final. We have to make sure we are ready for every game as we can be lousy in the beginning of games.

"We are curlers so money means something and it is nice to win the purses here. We just want to be great out there!"

Fourth, Alina Paetz, added: “We are really enjoying this. It’s a really special one to be at and to end our amazing season at the Curling World Cup is brilliant. We enjoy the atmosphere and being in China.

Canada’s Team Jennifer Jones have one foot in the final after they picked up two victories – both through shoot-outs – over United States’ Team Nina Roth and Satsuki Fujisawa’s rink.

©WCF / Celine Stucki

Jones was especially congratulatory of her second, Shannon Birchard, who has stepped in for the team in Beijing and insisted her sweeping is what won the crucial shoot-outs.

“Shannon swept both of mine today and she did excellently,” said Jones. “The draws were both out-turns and she was on the inside and did perfectly.

“We have had a tonne of fun playing with her – she’s been awesome. We’ll make sure we celebrate her birthday tomorrow!”

Elsewhere on day three, Anna Sidorova’s quartet picked up a Roth threatened victory but Jones held on – steal of two in 7 Jones wins in shootout

Sweden’s Team Hasselborg, who have reached two Curling World Cup finals this season, did claim their first success in Beijing’s Grand Final, though, with an 8-4 triumph over Korea.

Also, China's Team Yilun Jiang kept their hopes alive on a play-off spot by defeating United States 7-3 in the final session of the day.

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