Canada rolls into title game at curling worlds
Regina's Holland 1st skip in 26 years to make final via tiebreaker
Canada will play for the gold medal at the Capital One World Women's Curling Championship after winning playoff games against host Denmark and China on Saturday.
Regina skip Amber Holland, who has won nine of her last 10 games, including five consecutive must-wins, meets two-time world champion Anette Norberg of Sweden in Sunday's final.
Norberg handed Holland her last loss, a 5-4 decision in Draw 14 of the round robin.
"I think we'll need to do the same as we did [Saturday]," said Holland. "Making sure that the front end’s putting the pressure on and that I finish off at the end."
Holland will try to become the first skip in the history of the tournament to go through a tiebreaker to win the title. She's the first in 26 years to reach the championship game after playing in a tiebreaker.
"I’ve said all week we never go the easy way," Holland said. "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 and teammates Kim Schneider, Tammy Schneider and Heather Kalenchuk won their first match Saturday in dramatic fashion, forcing an extra end on a measurement before pulling off a rare steal of three in the 11th to defeat Denmark 10-7 in the 3 vs. 4 Page playoff.
That victory advanced the Canadians to the semifinal, where they led 6-3 in the ninth end before China capitalized on Holland's botched raised takeout by drawing for a pair to cut its deficit to one. Holland answered by calmly executed a takeout of former world champ Bingyu Wang's shot stone to secure an 8-5 win.
"They played well," Wang said. "They didn’t give us many chances to get back into the game."
China and Denmark will play for the bronze medal on Sunday.