Sweden's 2018 Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg will seek a first world title at the Championships that start on the home ice of Sandviken tomorrow ©WCF

Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg, the Pyeongchang 2018 gold medallist, will make a sixth appearance at the World Women’s Curling Championships as they start tomorrow on her home ice at Sandviken’s Göransson Arena.

Hasselborg and her team of Olympic champions will be hoping home advantage will enable them to improve on the silver medals they won in 2018 and 2019, and last season’s fourth-place finish.

Meanwhile defending champions Switzerland, under skip Silvana Tirinzoni, are seeking a fourth world title having taken gold in 2019, 2021 and last year.

This will be the 45th World Women’s Championship to be staged - the first having been held at Perth, Scotland in 1979 - and this will be a fourth hosting for Sweden following the Championships at Gavle in 2004, Vasteras in 1990 and Jonkoping in 1985.

The arena is located in Gävleborg County, about 190 kilometres north of Stockholm.

While Sweden is no stranger to hosting World Curling Federation events, this is a first visit to Sandviken’s 10,000-seater facility which opened in 2009.

The 13 teams represented have qualified through two different routes for this Championship - through their performances in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, held in November 2022 in Oestersund, Sweden, and at the inaugural Pan Continental Curling Championships, staged in Calgary, Canada in November 2022.

The European qualifiers, in order, are Denmark, Switzerland, Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Türkey, Germany and Norway, while those from the Pan Continental Championships, again in order, are Japan, South Korea, Canada, United States and New Zealand.

Silvana Tirinzoni will skip defending champions Switzerland at the WCF Women's World Curling Championships that start in Sweden tomorrow ©Getty Images
Silvana Tirinzoni will skip defending champions Switzerland at the WCF Women's World Curling Championships that start in Sweden tomorrow ©Getty Images

Denmark, skipped by Madeleine Dupont, finished fifth in 2021 and sixth in 2022, but will be buoyed by winning last year’s European title.

Japan, skipped by Fujisawa Satsuki, will be another team to watch, having taken Olympic silver behind Britain in Beijing last year, following up on their Olympic bronze medals in 2018.

Scotland, skipped by Rebecca Morrison, had to withdraw from last year’s World Championships for COVID-related medical reasons, but they showed good form in winning European bronze last year.

South Korea, skipped by Ha Seungyoun, who is making her debut at this level, took silver medals at the inaugural Pan Continental Curling Championships last year.

Canada, skipped by Kerri Einarson, are making a third World Championship appearance, having finished fifth in 2021 in Calgary and third in 2022 at Prince George, Canada.

Starting tomorrow are there due to be 20 sessions of round-robin play, concluding on Friday (March 24), to determine the top six-ranked teams.

The teams ranked first and second will proceed directly to the semi-finals, with the teams ranked third to sixth taking part in qualification games on Saturday (March 25).

The semi-finals are due to take place later that day, with the bronze medal game and gold medal final set for March 26.