Canada’s Brad Gushue and Kerri Einarson secured a semifinal berth on the world combined doubles curling championship in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Saturday with a 7-6 extra-end victory over Jenny Perret and Martin Rios of Switzerland.
Needing to attract the button for the victory, Perret’s closing throw barely overcurled to provide Canada the steal.
Einarson had pressured an additional finish by making a outstanding quadruple takeout to clear the four-foot ring and salvage a single level.
Canada trailed 5-1 after 4 ends however scored three factors within the fifth and stole a single within the sixth to tug even.
Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten beat Italy’s Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner 7-5 within the different qualification sport.
Canada will subsequent play Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds of host Scotland later Saturday on the Curl Aberdeen facility.
Norway will tackle Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson and Almida de Val within the different semifinal.
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Semifinal winners will play for gold on Sunday whereas the dropping groups will meet for bronze.
Gushue, from St. John’s, and Einarson, from Camp Morton, Man., completed round-robin play at 7-2. They’re making an attempt to turn out to be the primary Canadian group to win gold within the occasion’s 13-year historical past.
Canada has reached the rostrum (two silver, one bronze) on the final three editions of the competitors.
Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers received silver in 2017, Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres took bronze in 2018 and Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant received silver in 2019. Final yr’s championship was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 occasion serves as the principle qualifier for combined doubles on the Beijing Olympics. Gushue and Einarson secured an Olympic berth for Canada on Friday.
Canada’s John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes received gold when the self-discipline made its Olympic debut on the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games.