China through to second straight World Women’s final    

Denmark battled China in the first WWCC 09 playoff game

WCF photo by Lee Young Gyu
 

March 27, 2009

 

GANGNEUNG, Korea – China’s Bingyu Wang advanced to her second straight world championship final after defeating Denmark’s Angelina Jensen 6-3 at the Mount Titlis World Women’s Curling Championship 2009.

 

The Chinese broke open the cautious “Page” playoff game between the first and second-ranked teams with a three-count in the seventh end for a 5-2 lead.

 

After a blank in the eighth, Danish fourth thrower Madeleine Dupont tried a difficult triple takeout for two points, but her shooter spilled upwards and out of the house for just a single.

 

Surprise silver medallists one year ago, the Chinese women have continued to improve. Last month they captured gold at the 24th Winter Universiade (World University Games) and after an opening day loss to Canada at the Gangneung International Ice Rink, they have now won 11 consecutive matches.

 

“We just wanted to play one more game,” said Wang, referring to her goal of reaching the championship final.

 

“In the end two teams want to win. So we try (to win) that.”

 

Wang has been hearing of growing television audiences for curling back home in China, through state broadcaster CCTV, which is covering the games.

 

“I talked to my Team Leader, and I just hear that curling is so popular in China right now,” said Wang.

 

“But when we play we don’t read or follow anything. We just close eyes and ears and play the game.”

 

China will face the winner of Saturday’s semifinal (7:00pm Tokyo time) featuring Denmark versus the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Page playoff 3 versus 4 game between defending champions Canada (Jennifer Jones) and two-time champions Sweden (Anette Norberg). That match gets underway at 2:00pm local time.

 

Sunday’s championship final is scheduled for 3:00pm local time.

 

Denmark’s three losses have all come against Asian teams. China defeated the Danes twice and so did Korea’s Mi-Yeon Kim, who finished 3-8.

 

“It’s so disappointing,” said Dupont.

 

“I’m going to go shopping (tomorrow). It’s the best cure against anything.”

 

World Curling Television (WCTV) is providing host feed and highlight package television to multiple client broadcasters including Eurosport (Europe), CCTV (China), SBS (Korea) TSN (Canada) and Universal Sports (USA). For footage enquiries contact the sender below.

 

The Mount Titlis Worlds, presented by Capital One, mark the first adult worlds ever hosted in Korea. The city of Jeonju previously hosted the 2006 World Juniors.

 

Live scoring is available on the host website at: wwcc2009.com with results mirrored on the WCF Results website at:  results.worldcurling.org