Swiss roll on as Britain take back door to semis

Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:12pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Switzerland and Britain claimed the last two semi-final berths in the Olympic women's curling competition in contrasting fashion on Monday while Canada rolled through the round-robin phase unbeaten.

With Canada and Sweden having already booked places in the final four, Britain (5-3), China (4-4), Japan (4-4) and Switzerland (4-4) stepped on to the sheets at the Ice Cube Curling Centre ready for a battle royale for the two remaining berths.

While Switzerland romped to a convincing win over China, Britain took the backdoor into the last four after dropping their final game to Denmark.

China's chances of advancing quickly disappeared when the Swiss stole three in the second end to jump into a 4-0 lead then cruised to a 10-6 victory over the Vancouver Winter Games bronze medalists.

"We don't have a medal yet, we still have to fight," cautioned Swiss skip Mirjam Ott, who will lead her team against Sweden for a spot in the final. "It's just great to know we can still go on (in the tournament).

"It was very good, my team played awesome. We had to play very strong against China. They're a good team."

Eve Muirhead's British foursome had also looked headed towards an easy win, leading 7-4 going into the final end, when disaster struck with Denmark taking three in the 10th.

The Danes then completed their remarkable comeback by stealing one in the 11th for an unlikely 8-7 win.   Continued...

Switzerland's skip Mirjam Ott shouts to teammates during their women's curling round robin game against China at the Ice Cube Curling Center during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins