Canada's Jennifer Jones wins 13th straight to reach world curling final


Sweden's Anna Hasselborg was scheduled to play Canada's Jennifer Jones in the final later Sunday at the North Bay Memorial Gardens. A sellout crowd of almost 4,000 was expected for the final. The score was tied at 3-3 through eight ends before the Americans blew the game open with seven points in the ninth end.

Sweden ensured they got the chance to add the world crown to the Olympic gold medal they claimed at last month's Games in Pyeongchang with a narrow win over a determined Russian team.

Jones and her bunch gained a point in the top of the 10th and held Sinclair's squad scoreless in its half of the final end. Sinclair picked up a pair in the sixth and a draw for two in the eighth end made it a one-point game. It was maybe a bit of bad luck, as it gave Canada possession of the hammer in the deciding 10th end, and Jones was able to execute her final rock for a deuce to send Canada to the gold-medal game. The Canadians built on their momentum by forcing Sweden to a single in the seventh end and a blank followed in the eighth.

Officer recently announced she is stepping away from competitive curling at the end of the season. "If you make it".

Overall attendance at the nine-day competition was 69,391. She'll be replaced next season by Jocelyn Peterman.

Canada ran the table in round-robin play at this event for the second straight year.

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Homan represented Canada at the Pyeongchang Games but did not reach the podium. Sweden's other loss came to Scotland in the round-robin finale after Hasselborg had already secured the second seed.

Jones defeated Hasselborg 8-4 earlier in the week. Ottawa's Rachel Homan was a flawless 11-0 past year in Beijing before being the first Canadian team to win a Women's World Curling Championship since Jones won in 2008 in Vernon, British Columbia.

Sweden's Anette Norberg is the only women's skip to win Olympic and world titles in the same season.

Jones also won world silver in 2015 and bronze in 2010. "I think we'll look back and go, 'That was one of the greatest teams in women's curling"'.

The semifinal winners play for the gold medal at 11 a.m. AKDT Sunday, while the losing teams play for the bronze at 6 a.m. AKDT.

Canada has gone undefeated in the round robin at the last two Women's World Curling Championships.