Amber Holland to play for gold
By QMI Agency
|Canada's skip Amber Holland reacts to her shot during the semi-final match against China at the World Women's Curling Championships in Esbjerg March 26, 2011. (REUTERS/Bob Strong)
Canada's Amber Holland will play for gold at the World Women's Curling Championship in Denmark.
The Kronau, Sask., skip won twice on Saturday, beating Denmark's Lene Nielsen 10-7 in the 3-4 playoff game and then downing China's Bingyu Wang 8-5 in the semifinal.
Canada, which became the first country since 1985 to make the final after competing in the tiebreaker round, will meet Sweden's Anette Norberg in Sunday's championship match (9 a.m. ET). The last Canadian team to win a world women's crown was Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones in 2008.
"It feels good that we put together two good games today, two wins, and we're looking forward to playing tomorrow," Holland told curling.ca. "I've said all week we never go the easy way. We're much more comfortable with the ice than we were at the beginning of the round robin, and we've definitely improved the performance."
Holland barely made it past the 3-4 game, as she needed to be on the positive side of a measurement in the 10th just to get the tying point. She then picked up a rare steal of three in the 11th to secure the win.
China took a 2-0 lead in the first end of the semifinal, but Canada stormed back with a single in the third, a steal in the fourth and then a critical steal of two in the fifth to grab a 4-2 lead. Holland extended her advantage to 6-3 with another two in the seventh.
Wang, who won the worlds in 2009, picked up two in the ninth to get to within one, but Holland executed a runback with her final stone to score a pair.
Holland, who won a silver at the 1993 world junior women's championship, lost 5-4 to Norberg in the round robin portion of the event. Thanks to her tiebreaker win over Switzerland and the two triumphs on Saturday, Holland is riding a wave of confidence.
"I think we'll need to do the same as we did today," Holland said, "making sure that the front end is putting the pressure on and that I finish off at the end."
China and Denmark will play for bronze on Sunday morning.