Jones to face Tirinoni in Beijing showpiece
Both teams will look to bounce back after disappointing fourth day.
Despite losing both their games on day four, Team Jennifer Jones and Team Silvana Tirinzoni will meet in Sunday’s gold-medal match to crown the inaugural Curling World Cup champion.
It was a tough day for both quartets, with the Canadians losing 7-4 to Team Yilun Jiang and 6-5 to United States’ Team Nina Roth. The Swiss rink were defeated 8-6 by Team Anna Sidorova and by shoot-out against Jonkoping leg winners Team Minji Kim.
Shannon Birchard, second for Team Jones, reflected on a disappointing day at the office for Canada: “We had a great start against America but maybe lost focus in the third and fourth ends. Then we had a couple of unfortunate misses to finish the game.”
“We are going to have to bounce back against Team Silvana Tirinzoni because they have been playing super good lately and we'll need to be on our game.
“It’s been a really cool and awesome event. I’ve never been in Beijing before and so completely different to home. Hopefully we can keep coming back going forward.”
It has been a difficult first three days in Beijing for Team Roth but the American foursome came firing out the blocks on day four to claim two wins against Team Jones (6-5) and Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa (9-4).
“We haven’t been there this week but feel good on how we’ve bounced back,” said vice-skip Tabitha Peterson.
"We felt like we should have beat Canada in our first game so we were fired up beforehand to get the win.”
Russia’s Team Sidorova were awarded the bronze medal following their two wins over Switzerland and Sweden (6-3). Despite arriving of hopes of a different colour medal, skip Sidorova was pleased with their week in Beijing.
“No one comes to just play, we wanted to win gold. Sometimes winning bronze is better as you don’t lose to win a medal. We really lost confidence this season and this win will help us to keep building. I’m really happy to win the medal.