Supreme Sweden to meet defiant Korea in women’s final
Team Hasselborg defeat Russia in group decider to seal final berth.
Sweden women’s skip Anna Hasselborg says the energy from the full-capacity Jonkoping Curling Club was crucial in sealing a spot in the Curling World Cup final in front of a home crowd tomorrow.
The Olympic champions were put under pressure by Russia’s Team Anna Sidorova, after they took four in the penultimate end, but skip Hasselborg produced a perfect draw to take the victory 7-6 and progress to the final.
“I’m just happy my team stuck with me and had confidence I would make my last shot in eighth because those were probably my two worst shots I’ve played all season,” confessed Hasselborg.
“It feels amazing. We actually wanted to have a tight game to prepare for the final maybe we got that in a way.
“But I’m really happy on how the team played today. The crowd was amazing, they really gave us energy today so that was nice.”
The home favourites, who have now made two Curling World Cup Finals, will meet another two-time finalist in Korea.
Team Minji Kim, the reigning Pacific-Asia champions, were in immense form on day four picking up two triumphs over United States (7-2) and Scotland (10-3).
“I’m very happy and I will try my best in the final,” said skip Kim.
“I learned how to calm down [after the final in Omaha] and to be more careful. We are satisfied with our performance and we can’t wait to play Sweden!”
United States finished their time in Jonkoping on dramatic high, chalking up a shoot-out victory over Japan, winning 8-7.
That marked Team Tori Koana’s second defeat of the day, after previously falling to Team Sophie Jackson on Scotland 5-4 in the morning session.
Earlier in the day, Russia set up their big match with Sweden after defeating Canada 8-0 – the only time a team has blanked an opponent this week.