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Kerri Einarson takes down Tirinzoni to advance to Tour Challenge semis

Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., beat Silvana Tirinzoni 6-5 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals at the Tour Challenge curling event in New Glasgow, N.S.

Gushue, Koe, Jacobs, Bottcher advance to men's semifinals

Kerri Einarson will advance to the semifinals at the Tour Challenge after beating Silvana Tirinzoni 6-5 on Saturday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press/File)

Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., beat Silvana Tirinzoni 6-5 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals at the Tour Challenge curling event in New Glasgow, N.S..

Einarson's team shot 95 per cent to dispatch the reigning world champions from Switzerland, handing Tirinzoni her first loss at the second event on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit.

Einarson will face Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan in the women's semifinal later Saturday. Fujisawa beat Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul, Man., 6-4 in another quarter-final match.

In the other quarter-finals, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones fell 6-5 in an extra end to undefeated Team Nina Roth. Roth is out of the lineup while expecting a baby, making Tabitha Peterson the interim skip for the American team.

Team Roth will play reigning Olympic gold medallist Anna Hasselborg of Sweden. Hasselborg beat Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque 7-3 to advance.

Men's quarterfinals

Team Gushue edged Team Edin 4-3 to advance to the men's semifinals, while Team Koe also advanced after rolling past Team Shuster with a 6-1 victory.

Brendan Bottcher's team and Brad Jacobs' team also advanced to the semis. Team Bottcher downed Team McEwen 6-2, while Team Jacobs topped Team Howard 7-5.

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