Team Sidorova heading to Beijing
Russians give ranking points berth in Grand Final to Anna Sidorova's rink
The Russian Curling Federation has chosen Team Anna Sidorova to head to Beijing for the Curling World Cup Grand Final – but Team Alina Kovaleva still have a slender chance of booking their ticket too!
Russia sealed their place in the women’s event at May’s Curling World Cup season finale by earning one of two places handed to the highest-ranking points scorers who did not win one of the first three legs.
Team Sidorova accumulated nine points in Suzhou and 11 in Jonkoping, with compatriots Team Alina Kovaleva winning only twice in the group stage in Omaha to tot up just six points.
It was on this basis that Sidorova’s rink – which also features third Margarita Fomina and this season’s new members, lead Julia Guzieva and second Julia Portunova – were chosen to go to Beijing.
All may not be lost for Team Kovaleva though. This week (20-26 February), they go head-to-head with Team Sidorova in a best-of-seven match in Sochi to decide which team will represent Russia in the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark next month.
If Team Kovaleva win this week’s duel, then head to Silkeborg and become world champions, they would then grab the automatic Curling World Cup Grand Final place that is given to the world champions. In that case, both Russian women’s rinks would compete in Beijing.
Indeed, even if Team Sidorova won this week’s qualifying match, then won the world title in March, Russia would have two women’s qualifying places for Beijing and would be free to give the ranking points berth to Team Kovaleva.