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Lawes eliminates top-seed Gim in HearingLife Tour Challenge women’s quarterfinals

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Canada’s Team Kaitlyn Lawes upended No. 1 seed Team Eun-Ji Gim of South Korea 7-4 Saturday in the HearingLife Tour Challenge women’s quarterfinals.

After starting the Grand Slam of Curling tournament at 0-2, the Winnipeg native Lawes won her third consecutive game while handing Gim her first and only loss of the week.

Gim, who topped the round-robin table with a 4-0 record and the best shootout total, wasn’t the only previously undefeated club to fall in the women’s quarterfinals.

No. 2 seed Switzerland’s Team Silvana Tirinzoni also dropped a 7-4 decision to Canada’s Team Jennifer Jones.

Sweden’s Team Anna Hasselborg is the only one of the three clubs that carried an unblemished round-robin record into the quarterfinals that is still standing.

Hasselborg ousted Scotland’s Team Rebecca Morrison 8-5 and will play Jones, from Winnipeg, in the semifinals.

Lawes will take on fellow Canadian club Team Kerri Einarson from Gimli, Man. Einarson eliminated Italy’s Team Stefania Constantini 7-4.

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• Team Jolene Campbell 7, Team Ikue Kitazawa 6

• Team Madeleine Dupont 6, Team Christina Black 5

• Team Danielle Inglis 7, Team Sayaka Yoshimura 6

• Team Eun-Jung Kim 5, Team Sarah Anderson 2


The men’s quarterfinals featuring Italy’s Team Joël Retornaz vs. Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin; Team Brad Gushue vs. Team Reid Carruthers in an all-Canadian clash; Switzerland’s Team Yannick Schwaller vs. Canada’s Team Brendan Bottcher; and Scotland’s Team Ross Whyte vs. Canada’s Team Matt Dunstone.

Watch live at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet.

The men’s and women’s semifinals go down at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet 360.

Stream the playoffs online via Sportsnet+ (Canada) or Yare (international).


The HearingLife Tour Challenge is the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the season with 32 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams in two tiers of action. … Tier 1 features the top teams from around the world. Tier 2 features the next group of teams in the rankings with the winners earning promotions into the Co-op Canadian Open later this season. … The finals are set for Sunday.