Olympic gold medallists Sweden, runner-up in last season’s World Women’s Curling Championships, will attempt to go one better as this year’s event is set to start in the Danish town of Silkeborg tomorrow.
Skipped by Anna Hasselborg, the Swedish team will be among the favourites, along with defending champions Canada, in what will be the 40th staging of this event.
The hosts will be able to call upon unrivalled experience as play gets underway in the Silkeborg Sportscenter as the Danish skip Madeleine Dupont and her sister Denise, who plays third, will both be making their 11th World Championship appearance.
Germany also have experience to call upon - for their skip, Daniela Jentsch, this will mark a sixth Championship appearance since 2000.
A total of 13 teams will be taking part in the competition.
Denmark are in as hosts, while a further six teams qualified from the European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn in Estonia, namely Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Latvia and Scotland.
South Korea - a different team from the one which won the Olympic silver medal at Pyeongchang 2018 - and Japan qualified from the Pacific-Asia event in Gangneung in South Korea in November.
Canada and United States are the Americas representatives.
Lastly, China and Finland were the first teams to reach this Championship through the newly introduced World Qualification Event, which had its debut in Naseby in New Zealand, in January.
This will be a first World Championship appearance for Minji Kim’s South Korea team, although they have already played in this season’s Curling World Cup and World Junior championships, as well as the Winter Universiade Games.
Starting tomorrow, the teams are due to play in 20 sessions of round-robin games.
After that, the top six teams will qualify for the play-offs.
Qualification games and semi-finals are due to take place on March 23, with the medal matches following the next day.