Canada faces Swiss in tiebreaker

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

Canada's Amber Holland will get the chance to play for a world title.

Barely.

Holland posted a pair of wins Thursday at the World Women's Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark, to earn a spot in the tiebreaker for fourth place. The Saskatchewan skip will face Switzerland's Mirjam Ott Friday after both rinks finished the round robin at 7-4.

The host Danes also finished with a 7-4 record but were awarded third place because they had the best record in games among the three teams. Sweden (9-2) and China (8-3) took the top two spots and will meet in the Page 1-2 playoff Friday, with the winner advancing straight to Sunday's final.

If Holland hopes to get to the final, she will need to win three straight over the next two days. But at least she will have the chance after posting two crucial wins Thursday, 9-2 over Korea and 8-6 over defending world champion Andrea Schoepp of Germany.

"It doesn't matter what happens elsewhere, we're done," Holland said before the decisive evening draw, which Canada had off. "We've done what we can do and what happens out here is what happens out here."

Ott forced the tiebreaker with a 7-4 win over Norway's Linn Githmark in the final draw. Switzerland downed Scotland 9-3 in the morning.

"We're still not in the playoffs but we still have the chance," Ott said. "But it's good we're still here and we still have the chance to keep going on."

The winner of the Canada-Switzerland tiebreaker will take on Denmark's Lene Nielsen in the Page 3-4 game Saturday.

Russia's Anna Sidorova missed out on a chance to get into at least a tiebreak position when she lost 10-3 to Nielsen in the round-robin finale. Instead, the result put the Danes through and clinched third place.

"I'm relieved - that's the word," Nielsen said. "We had a good game this morning but we lost, so this is just great. The girls just played fine and we had great support from the crowd. It was perfect."

Sweden's Anette Norberg, almost unbeatable the entire week, goes into the playoffs on a down note. Sweden beat the struggling Czech Republic 7-6 in an extra end then dropped an 8-3 decision the United States to close it out.

China's Bingyu Wang, meanwhile, won twice on the final day, 8-5 over Russia and 7-5 over Denmark.


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