China made their first appearance at a World Championship in 2005, since then they've come on by leaps and bounds. Here in Vernon they finished top of the table giving Canada their first defeat of the Championship along the way.
In the 1 v 2 playoff the met Canada again, the winner would go straight to the final, the loser would play Japan for the second final spot.
China had the game from the opening ends, they had a four shot lead after three ends, that lead had gone to five after five ends. It was going to be an uphill struggle for Canada. They did put some shots on the board including a steal in the ninth but they went into the last end without last stone.
China kept the front of the house clear, Jennifer Jones for Canada drew with her first stone but it lay open, China hit, Canada couldn't make two to tie the game and conceded. China were in the final 7/5.
You can find all the linescores and statistics here.
Playoff games are available on CurlTV. And Eurosport has coverage of the final games at Vernon.
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