After the OLYMPIC gold medal in south Korea for just over a year ago and the european CHAMPIONSHIP in november chasing team Anna Hasselborg his first world CUP gold in the curling. Including the swedes have at least created themselves in the best possible position for this weekend's playoff game in Sportscenter in the Danish Silkeborg.
the 5-3 victory against Canada – the team's tenth straight victory – secured first place in the regular season and the team is thus direktkvalificerat for the semifinals.
– Now when we put us in this situation, it is clear that we are chasing the win, but it is one match at a time, said skippern Anna Hasselborg.
on China, the team – which also consists of Sofia Mabergs, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sara McManus and the reserve Johanna Heldin – had nothing but victories in the jutland countryside.
" We came out a little weird in the tournament and after that we really felt how we wanted to be and where we wanted to be – then we saw there. We have been incredibly focused and incredibly accurate in the entire regular season. And we shall continue to be, said Hasselborg.
Sweden fell in the world CUP final last year against Canada, but then represented the power of team Jennifer Jones. In this year's championship was the world number Sweden against the team Chelsea Carey, who is ranked sixth in the world.
– It still felt like we were in the driver's seat and had good control on the match. We welcome a tight match. Canada played very good and it was nice to get the win, " says Anna Hasselborg.
with the 5-3 before the last round, but despite the fact that Canada had the advantage of last stone in the last regular round succeeded in including the swedes resist. When Canada only had the opportunity to take a points earned kanadensiskorna up.
– It is always a bit tight even if you are two up. It is important to keep the focus on the last of the stones and now they had someone miss that we could exploit. It was tight to the last stone, says the Swedish captain.
Sweden ends group stage of the evening against Japan, but first place is already secured. In addition to semifinalplatsen means gruppsegern also that the lag Hasselborg get the advantage to start with the last stone in Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's medaljmatch.
– It is jättejätteviktigt. It is absolutely an advantage to have it straight through a season, said Hasselborg.
directly to the semi finals will become clear later on Friday. Then is it clear which team finishes on places 3-6 and get to play the quarterfinals.
" It doesn't matter. All the teams are incredibly good and it really has been a hard battle throughout this week, " says Anna Hasselborg.
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