Tuesday, February 19, 2002 Updated: February 24, 11:51 PM ET
Britain makes semifinals, to face Canada
OGDEN, Utah -- Britain's women curlers advanced to the
semifinals of the Olympic tournament by winning two matches Tuesday -- defeating Sweden 6-4 and Germany 9-5.
Skip Rhona Martin, right, confers with British teammate Debbie Knox during the crucial 9-5 victory over Germany.
Britain earned the chance to meet defending Olympic gold
medalist Canada in one semifinal. The United States takes on
Switzerland in the other semifinal.
In the morning match, British skip Rhona Martin, helped by
teammates Janice Rankin and Fiona MacDonald, kept the pressure on
Sweden throughout the contest. Sweden gained a 1-0 lead after the
second end -- or inning -- but Britain came back to score four
between the third and fifth and put the game away.
"We were in control of the game and we kept in control,"
Against Germany, Britain was down 3-1 then jumped to a 6-3 lead
with five points over three ends.
Although Germany closed to 6-5, Britain put the game out
of reach with three in the ninth and Germany conceded in the 10th.
Britain, Germany and Sweden finished in a three-way tie for the
fourth and final qualifying spot.
The Canadians finished in first place of the round-robin
tournament with an 8-1 record. Switzerland and the United States
finished second and third.
The American men were ninth of 10 teams. Canada, Norway,
Switzerland and Sweden gained the men's semifinal berths.
The medal matches for the women will be Thursday, with the