1 February 2019

Superb Hasselborg hungry for home final

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Russia's Team Sidorova remains in close proximity to the Swedish rink.

Home favourites Team Anna Hasselborg lead the way in Group A after an emphatic 8-1 triumph over Canada's Team Darcy Robertson inside six ends.

The European champions now lead Russia by a single point in the group standings as skip Hasselborg targets a place in the final on home ice this Sunday.

"We felt like we had the chance to blank the third and have hammer in the fourth and really focus and play a solid end there. It really changed the momentum of this game," said the 29-year-old skip.

"I think that we controlled the ice a bit better than them and we took advantage of the misses.

"Of course, we want to play in the final on Sunday."

Russia's Anna Sidorova were pushed all the way by China and eventually won via a shoot-out.

Moscow-born Sidorova draw was measured five millimetres closer to the pin than Jiang Yilun's attempt, ensuring the Russians stay on Sweden's tail with a 5-4 victory.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

A shoot-out was also required to split Scotland and United States in session three as Team Sophie Jackson registered their first win of the week after the skip's rock was drawn closest to the button.

"Yeah it feels really good," said a relieved Jackson after their 3-2 success. "We wanted to keep it tight and simple.

"We were really desperate for a win, we didn’t feel like we played too badly so it’s good to get a win on the board.

"[On Jonkoping] It is really, really nice. We love the hotel and set-up. It’s really good to have the badminton courts and gym."

And with Scotland's win, Team Minji Kim took control of Group B with victory over their Asian counterparts Japan.

The Koreans are aiming to reach their second consecutive Curling World Cup final and their 6-3 win put them two Curling World Cup points ahead of United States in Group B.

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