NORTH BAY, Ont. — Canada’s Chelsea Carey handed Switzerland’s Raphaela Keiser her first loss in the Boost National, and in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series, in a 6-4 set Friday morning at Memorial Gardens.
Carey, whose team plays out of Winnipeg, scored two points in the eighth end and climbed to a 2-2 record to stay in the mix.
Keiser (3-1) is making her series debut and has already secured a playoff spot despite playing short-handed this week as third Elena Mathis (illness) is out of the lineup. Lead Marina Lörtscher and Keiser, who throws the second stones, are each tossing three rocks and rounded out with fourth Selina Witschonke.
Meanwhile, three-time reigning world champion Silvana Tirinzoni and her Swiss side will take an unblemished 4-0 record into the quarterfinals. Tirinzoni stole four points in the third end during a 7-3 victory over Canada’s Team Kaitlyn Lawes (2-2).
It’s too early to tell where teams with two wins will land as it depends upon the results from the remaining women’s round-robin session in the late afternoon (Draw 15, 4 p.m. ET).
Double-defending event champions Team Anna Hasselborg are no longer in the running for a three-peat. The Swedish squad was eliminated with a 1-3 record after falling 10-4 to Team Eun-Ji Gim of South Korea. Gim (2-2) grabbed a one-point lead with a three-ender in the third and then stole four to grab a commanding 7-2 advantage. Hasselborg took two in the fifth, but it was game over early as Gim padded the scoreboard with another three-ender in the sixth.
Team Tabitha Peterson of the United States also improved to a 2-2 record. Peterson scored a five-count in the fourth end and trumped Team Daniela Jentsch from Germany 9-3. Jentsch finished the tournament winless at 0-4.
Round-robin play runs through to Friday as teams play four games against teams outside of their pool. The top eight overall, regardless of pools, advance to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Saturday evening and both finals are on tap for Sunday.
The Boost National is the first of six events on the 2022-23 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling calendar and features 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from around the world. … A combined $300,000 purse, split equally between the men’s and women’s divisions, is on the line. The winning teams receive $35,000 and invitations to the season-ending Kioti Tractor Champions Cup. … Points are also up for grabs in the race for the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the 2022-23 season champions with a $75,000 bonus for the winning teams.