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Canada’s Gushue tops Whyte to advance into men’s Players’ Championship semifinals

By The Canadian Press on April 13, 2024.

Brad Gushue pulled out a tight 6-5 win over Scotland's Ross Whyte to advance into the men's semifinal at the Grand Slam of Curling's season-ending Players' Championship on Saturday. Gushue in action during the final game against Sweden at the Men's World Curling Championship, at the IWC Arena in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Sunday, April 7, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Keystone, Christian Beutler

TORONTO – Brad Gushue pulled out a tight 6-5 win over Scotland’s Ross Whyte to advance into the men’s semifinal at the Grand Slam of Curling’s season-ending Players’ Championship on Saturday.

Gushue’s St. John’s, N.L., rink was down 3-1 through three ends but tied it with a deuce in the fourth. The Canadians later took a 5-4 edge with another deuce in the sixth but were tied going into the eighth and final end, where they managed to put one on the board to win.

Italy’s Joel Retornaz topped world men’s champion Niklas Edin of Sweden 7-2 to also advance. Gushue will face Scotland’s Bruce Mouat, while Retornaz faces Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen later Saturday.

Earlier in the day in women’s action, South Korea’s Gim Eun-ji defeated Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg 8-7 to reach Saturday’s semifinal.

Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni also booked a semifinal ticket with a 6-3 win over South Korea’s Kim Eunjung.

Tirinzoni will meet Ottawa’s Rachel Homan, the reigning world champion, in a rematch of the world championship gold-medal game, while Gim takes on Sweden’s Isabella Wrana later Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2024.

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