Curling - China in strong position ahead of Pacific-Asia semi-finals

Hosts China look well-placed to make an assault on the medals in both the men's and women's section of the 2013 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Shanghai.

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Sunday's final round-robin fixtures saw Japan, New Zealand, China and Korea book their semi-final spots in both draws and China's fixtures appear favourable.

The sides' previous meetings in the competition are taken into account for the semi-final, which is a best-of-five series, and China carry a distinct advantage into both their semi-finals.

Korea kicked off the day with a decisive win in the men's, edging their way to a 9-7 win over Chinese Taipei to beat their opponents into the last semi-final spot.

They will play against Japan, who topped the group despite suffering defeat at the hands of New Zealand (9-7), but face a tough task, already 2-0 down in the best-of-five series.

The other semi-final will see China take on New Zealand, after they beat Australia 9-4 on Sunday, and they will go into the series 2-0 up.

The women then finished off proceedings, with Korea breezing past New Zealand – their semi-final opponents – 9-2 to take a 2-0 lead into the series.

China beat Japan 11-5 to open up a 2-0 advantage in their semi-final, before Japan downed Australia 12-3, ensuring they finished the Championships with a combined 0-18 record across the two sections.

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