China reach women’s Pacific-Asia semi-finals

  • China's vice-skip Xindi Jiang Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

China’s women’s team has guaranteed its place in the semi-finals of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017, in the Erina Ice Arena, Australia.

The team skipped by Yilun Jiang, defeated the hosts Australia – still without a win – 11-4 in Monday (6 November) evening’s tenth session of women’s round-robin games.

It was a closely contested match-up, with the home team scoring three points in the fifth end to sit only a point behind their opponents at the break, 4-5. However, China came out strong in the second-half and scored two points in each of the sixth, seventh and ninth ends.

A win for defending champions Korea, over Japan, kept their undefeated run at this event alive. While, the 4-9 loss for Japan, makes reaching the play-offs tougher. A win for Hong Kong in the third game of this session, over New Zealand, 10-7, puts them on the same win loss record as Japan – with three wins and four losses. New Zealand sit behind them in the standings and with their play-off hopes still alive, despite Monday night’s loss.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking may apply), at these championships will be Korea v China women at 14:00, Australia Eastern Daylight Time (+11 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday evening.

They said it

EunJung; skip, Korea (after 9-4 win over Japan): “We were a little bit better, we had good ice reading. Japan tried to do hard things. We feel more confident and for the next game we will try to be successful.”

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 11-4 win over Australia): “Our goal coming here was to qualify. We have accomplished our first goal. Adjusting to conditions and surfaces is part of the training we do so I am happy they [the athletes] can pick up on changes and handle them fairly well.”

Women’s session ten results: Korea 9-4 Japan; Hong Kong 10-7 New Zealand; China 11-4 Australia

Standings after women’s session ten (W-L):

Q Korea 8-0
Q China 6-1
Hong Kong 3-4
Japan 3-4
New Zealand 2-5
Australia 0-8

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners in China (CCTV), Japan (NTV), Korea (SpoTV), Hong Kong (i-Cable), New Zealand (Sky), USA (NBC) and the Olympic Channel. Coverage will also be available on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel,

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