A scary win for Canada in women's play, a 9-8 win over an inspired Dorte Holm of Denmark. Glenys Bakker shooting 58% at third is not going to cut the mustard, but a persistent – and unsettling – listlessness still plagues the entire Calgary foursome.
One sheet over, Switzerland ended the Japanese dream with an emphatic 11-5 win, while Great Britain thumped the USA 10-4. In addition, the resurgent Russians took Norway's Dordi Nordby out by a 10-8 final count.
As such... no tiebreakers. Canada (3) meets Switzerland (2) in one semi, while Sweden (1) battles Norway (4) in the other.
And a day off for The Curling News here in Italy... woo-hoo! We'll be back on Wednesday... for now, the calendars are back on sale, and a couple of random ink spills, until we meet again...
• a story on a meaningful Feb. 24 for the U.S. men’s third;
• and this guy is convinced that curling is a sport and figure skating... is not.