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Lyon Quarterfinal Results
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In the Bermuda Bowl quarterfinals, round-robin winnerFRANCE facedCHINA.CHINA got off to a 52-39 lead after the first segment (out of six), butFRANCE turned the tables in the second, going ahead by 14 IMPs. A virtually-tied third segment leftFRANCE ahead 102-87 at halftime. Today's segments sawFRANCE pick up 14 and 8 IMPs, going into the last set with a 37-IMP lead. CHINA didn't produce a comeback, so FRANCE moved on.

THE NETHERLANDS got off to a 35-21 lead overNEW ZEALAND in the first segment, butthe Kiwis chipped away at the lead, bringing it down to 5 IMPs at halftime. THE NETHERLANDSwon the fourth segment by 5 IMPs and lost the fifth by 1, leading by 9 going into the last set (actually 15 after factoring in the 6 penalty IMPs credited to the team). NEW ZEALAND won the final segment handily to win by 18.

In theSWEDEN-USA2 match,SWEDEN won the first set by 2, but thenUSA2 picked up 14 and 32 to lead by 44 at the half. The leaders added 16 more in the fourth segment, butSWEDEN got some back in the fifth, to trail by 45 IMPs with 16 boards to play. The Swedes made up some of the deficit, but not enough.

USA1 started in a 36-IMP hole toBULGARIA, but in classic NICKELL fashion, the Americans came back to take a 24-IMP lead at halftime.BULGARIA closed the gap to 5 IMPs after four segments, butUSA1 took the fifth set 60-46, leading by 19 with 16 boards left. A very exciting final stanza saw the match tied with three boards to play.BULGARIAwon swings on two of the last three boards to win by 13.

In the semifinals, FRANCE will play NEW ZEALAND, and USA2 will play BULGARIA.

The Venice Cup quarterfinals had a see-saw match betweenSWEDENandISRAEL:ISRAEL led by 4 IMPs after one set, trailed by 12 after two, and led by 8 at halftime.SWEDEN had a big fourth segment, going ahead by 26 IMPs, butISRAEL struck back in the fifth, closing the gap to 10. Not good enough; SWEDEN took the final set by 23 IMPs and the match by 33.

ENGLAND got off to a fast start againstRUSSIA, butRUSSIA came back big, coming back to down 1 after four segments.ENGLAND added 10 to its lead in the fifth set, and another 10 in the sixth, winning by 21.

INDONESIA started up 62-18 againstPOLAND, but then POLAND came storming back, eventually winning comfortably.

CHINAhad an easy time againstTHE NETHERLANDS, making the semifinal matchupsSWEDENvs.ENGLANDandPOLAND vs. CHINA.

In the d'Orsi,USA2trailedJAPAN at halftime but wound up winning easily. SWEDENdid likewise against AUSTRALIA.Those two teams will meet in the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket,USA1ledITALY at the half, but a huge fourth set by theItalians turned the tables there, andITALY prevailed by 6.

INDIA started down 81-20 after one segment against FRANCE, but it won all five other segments and won by 13.

ITALYandINDIA will face off in the semifinals.

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