The conditions for the semi-finals at the Curling World Championships in Sandviken were tough for Team Hasselborg. Switzerland reached the semi-finals with 33 straight World Cup wins, and in the group stage the Swiss team outclassed Sweden.
In Saturday's semifinals, the teams tied with each other through the first half of the game. In the sixth round, Anna Hasselborg failed to secure two Swedish points, by the smallest possible margin.
That gave Switzerland both the lead but also the final stone in the seventh round. Something that the championship's best skipper Alina Pätz didn't hesitate for a second to exploit.
"Sour," says expert Eva Lund of the devastating miss.
Sweden never recovered and Switzerland was able to control home the final place. The match ended 8-4 to Switzerland.
"We're playing a well-played game with a few small misses. But it's not enough against Switzerland," Anna Hasselborg told SVT Sport after the match.
Bronze medal match awaits
Despite the loss, the World Cup is not over for Team Hasselborg. Tomorrow awaits bronze match against Canada at 10.00 in SVT1 and SVT-play.
"The energy is really good. We are really excited to take home the bronze tomorrow, says Anna Hasselborg.
In the other semi-final, Norway accounted for a somewhat surprising victory against Canada. Norway is thus ready for its first final of the Curling World Cup since 2004.
The final between Switzerland and Norway will be played at 16:00 in SVT1 and SVT-play.