Sweden's Anna Hasselborg at the 2016 WFG Masters in Okotoks, Alta. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Hasselborg rolls past Carey and into Masters semifinals

October 29, 2016, 8:20 PM

OKOTOKS, Alta. — Anna Hasselborg of Sweden has kept the winning streak running by rolling past Calgary’s Chelsea Carey 6-4 during the WFG Masters quarterfinals Saturday.

Hasselborg completed an undefeated 4-0 run through round-robin play and advances to the semifinals in just her second career elite-level Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event.

“It feels amazing to be in the semifinals in our first Masters, our second Slam as a team,” an ecstatic Hasselborg said after the victory. “We’re playing really good so we’re just going to keep it up. We’re going to be in the final, I hope.”

With the game even at 1-1 after three, Hasselborg counted a game-changing three-pointer in the fourth end with an amazing double takeout.

“We were struggling a bit,” Hasselborg admitted. “We didn’t make too many good shots. My team and I felt we had one and everyone’s like, ‘Anna you should play it!’

“I think that we saw that this is the game-changer and you have to take it when you get a chance like that so we went for it and it worked out well.”

Carey took two in the fifth and held Hasselborg to one in the sixth, however, she misfired her last in the seventh hitting her own rock and both missed a counter that held up for shot and a steal of one. Hasselborg ran Carey out of rocks in eight.


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Hasselborg faces Rachel Homan in the semis after the Ottawa skip came through in the clutch scoring two in the eighth to tie it and stealing in the extra to defeat Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones 7-5.

Homan struggled early conceding a point in the first end and giving up another steal in the third to trail 2-0. Homan was forced to one in the fourth end.

Jones made an open tap for two in the fifth end to extend her lead by three and Homan narrowed the gap to one with a double takeout for a deuce.

Jones made an open tap for one in seven to go up by two heading into the dramatic final pair of frames.

Hasselborg defeated Homan in the gold-medal game to capture the world junior championship in 2010.

Meanwhile, Allison Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., took down top seeded EunJung Kim of South Korea 8-2. After Flaxey stole one in the first, Kim struggled again in two as her first skip stone hit a guard and her second came up light. The teams alternated singles in three and four and Flaxey took two in five, stole one in six and swiped another pair in seven.

Flaxey also rode away on the steal train over Winnipeg’s Kerri Einarson in Saturday’s morning tiebreaker to qualify for the playoffs at a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event for the first time in her career.

Team Flaxey plays Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni, who defeated compatriot Binia Feltscher 6-3. Tirinzoni stole two in six for the lead, limited the reigning world champion to one in seven and tacked on another pair of points coming home in eight.

Olympic champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., collides with Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock and Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers clashes with Niklas Edin of Sweden in the men’s semifinals.

The men’s and women’s semifinals start at 7 p.m. MT. Watch on Sportsnet ONE and online at sportsnet.ca/now.

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