Women’s playoff picture at Players’ Championship almost set

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE – The women’s playoff picture is almost set at the 2014 Players’ Championship.

Margaretha Sigfridsson yells instructions to her sweepers while Silvana Tirinzoni looks on during Friday morning’s action at the 2014 Players’ Championship in Summerside.

The winner of the Crystal Webster-vs.-Stefanie Lawton game at 1 p.m. will earn the a spot in Saturday’s quarter-finals at 1 p.m. That game is being televised live on Rogers Sportsnet.

Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland and Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden both completed round-robin play at 4-1 (won-lost) to earn byes into Saturday’s semifinals at 8:30 p.m.

Eve Muirhead (4-1), Olympic gold-medallist Jennifer Jones (3-2) and Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan (3-2) have locked up spots in the quarter-finals. Jones will take on Muirhead while Homan will face the winner of the game between Webster and Lawton.

In Friday morning’s draw, Sigfridsson edged Tirinzoni 6-5; Homan scored three with last-rock advantage in the eighth end to defeat Michele Jaggi 7-5 to remain alive; Heather Nedohin scored two in the final eighth end with the hammer to outscore Muirhead 8-6, and Sherry Middaugh stole five points in a 7-1 win over Jones.

In the lone men’s game, Mike McEwen improved to 4-0 with a 7-4 win over John Epping.

Organizations: Muirhead

Geographic location: Switzerland, Sweden

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