Curling

Curtis Ng - Monday Feb. 17, 2014 12:48 ET

Jennifer Jones beats South Korea to stay perfect

Canada enters semifinals with 9-0 record

Jennifer Jones curling against South Korea
Canadian skip Jennifer Jones delivers a stone against South Korea in her final round robin match of the Sochi bonspiel. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)
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Bring on the semis.

Jennifer Jones cruised to a 9-4 victory over Kim Jisun and South Korea in nine ends at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi on Monday to enter the playoffs with a perfect 9-0 record in the round robin.

She is the first woman to go through the Olympic curling round-robin unbeaten. The last time anyone recorded a perfect round robin at the Olympics was Canada's own Kevin Martin in Vancouver, four years ago. He would go on to win gold.

Korea started the match strong, building a 4-1 lead after three ends.

Jones replied with a double in the fourth end, but from there, it was really mistakes on the Koreans' part that allowed Canada to win.

In the fifth and seventh ends, the Korean skip Kim had two easy takeouts, but missed on both to allow Jones to steal a pair of singles.

Korean Lee Seulbee, the alternate playing as third, missed a runback in the eighth, putting her team in a vulnerable position. Jones took advantage, forcing Kim to take a tough shot with a chance at likely scoring only one point. Kim missed, giving up yet another steal to Canada, this time for two.

Trailing 7-4 in the ninth, with two, possibly three Canadian rocks in scoring position, Kim attempted with her last stone what appeared to be a double runback. It didn't work, allowing two more stolen points for Canada.

Canada will meet Great Britain in Wednesday's semifinal, which begins at 5:00 a.m. ET.

Sweden and Switzerland will meet in the other semifinal.

The medal games are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20.

 

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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