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Semi-final opponents set for Canada in Olympic curling

Curling rock
Curling rock
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According to the Sochi 2014 website on Monday, Canada now knows its opponents in the semi-finals in Olympic curling on Wednesday.

In men's play, Canada (7-2) will play China (7-2), (Wednesday, Sportsnet, 8:00 a.m.), and in women's play Canada (9-0) will play Great Britain (5-4), (Wednesday, CBC, 3:00 a.m.).

The Canadian men struggled to beat China in the round robin. Canadian skip Brad Jacobs needed an outstanding draw to the four foot to beat China's Rui Liu on Sunday to get the 9-8 win. In the contest, the Canadians were actually down 5-3 at the fifth end break, but picked up a deuce in the seventh and then took complete control with three straight stolen points.

The Canadian women meanwhile were even luckier to beat Great Britain's Eve Muirhead in the round robin. In Canada's 9-6 round robin victory, Murirhead had an opportunity to tie the game but went for the more difficult shot which she did not make, and allowed Jones to steal a point.

In the other women's semi-final, Sweden will play Switzerland, while in men's action Great Britain will play Norway in a tie-breaker (Monday, CBC, 10:00 p.m.) with the winner playing Sweden in the other men's semi-final.