December 5, 2010
Sweden stand alone unbeaten at the top of the women's A Group standings at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships after four sessions of round-robin play. After three sessions, the Danish and Germans share an unblemished record at the top of the men's A Group rankings.
Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne added another impressive win to his collection when he beat Norway's Thomas Ulsrud by 6-5. Meanwhile, Germany's Andy Kapp had a 7-5 win over the Czech Republic.
There were two basement battles in this session, with Dutch skip Rob Vilain leading his men to their first victory, by 4-3 against France's Thomas Dufour after an extra end. It also took an extra end to decide the winner between Scotland's Hammy McMillan and Russia's Andrey Drozdov, with the Scots breaking their duck when Drozdov's final draw was too strong, handing Scotland a steal of two, the game and their first win. Switzerland's Christof Schwaller put a dent in Niklas Edin's title defence when he beat the Swedes by 7-6.
In the women's A Group, Sweden's Stina Viktorsson followed up her 8-7 win over Finland with a 9-7 victory over Russia, in the process handing the Russians their first loss. Chasing Sweden at the top of the women's rankings, with just one loss each, are Scotland, Norway and Russia. Scotland's Eve Muirhead came from behind to beat Denmark's Lene Nielsen by 6-4 after a more straightforward 6-5 win over Switzerland's Mirjam Ott in morning play. Norway lost by 3-6 to Denmark and then beat defending champion Andrea Schöpp of Germany 4-3. Russia, who beat Latvia by 9-2 in morning play, lost to Sweden 8-4 in the evening.
Germany and Switzerland are both now on two wins, and two losses after Germany beat the Netherlands by 11-8 in the morning session and Switzerland beat Latvia in their evening game.
With Denmark, Finland and Latvia all on one win each, only the Netherlands remain winless in the women's A Group.
Latvia, Italy and Slovakia top the men's B Group play, while the Czech Republic and Hungary lead the women's B Group rankings. http://www.ecc.curlit.com
RESULTS A GROUP
Men, round 3: Scotland 8, Russia 6 (extra end); Germany 7, Czech Republic 5; Norway 5, Denmark 6; France 3, Netherlands 4 (extra end); Sweden 6, Switzerland 7.
Women, round 3: Germany 11, Netherlands 8; Norway 3, Denmark 6; Scotland 6, Switzerland 5; Latvia 2, Russia 9; Finland 7, Sweden 8.
Women, round 4: Switzerland 8, Latvia 4; Sweden 9, Russia 7; Netherlands 3, Finland 6; Germany 3, Norway 4; Scotland 6, Denmark 4.
STANDINGS A GROUP
MEN, after 3 sessions:
Denmark 3 wins, 0 losses
Czech Republic 0-3
WOMEN, after 4 sessions:
Sweden 4 wins, 0 losses
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