Switzerland stand alone at the top of the Le Gruyère AOP Europeans table

  • Switzerland top the standings unbeaten Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

After Monday afternoon’s fourth session of women’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, Switzerland stand alone at the top of the table, while Italy are the only team still looking for their first win.

Switzerland shared the lead with Russia before this session started and in the seventh end of their game against Finland, the Finnish skip, Oona Kauste, played a raise tap-back to score two points and take the lead at 4-3.

In the next end, Switzerland’s fourth player, Alina Paetz, drew her last stone into the house to score four points and re-take the lead at 7-4. Switzerland then moved on to win by 10-4 and establish themselves as clear round-robin leaders, undefeated with four wins.

After this win, Swiss skip, Silvana Tirinzoni said, “that’s always a great way to start [unbeaten]. We didn’t always have easy games, this one was a tough game actually, but we stayed in it and played our game so I’m really happy about the way we played. Every end was close and then their skip made an amazing shot, but we knew that we were playing great, so I never had a bad feeling.”

Russia were joint leaders when they came on to play Czech Republic in this session. Russia were leading by 5-2 in the fifth end when Czech Republic skip, Anna Kubeskova [pictured below © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik], played a draw-shot into the house to score five points and take a 7-5 lead. After this, the Czechs sealed their win in the tenth end when Kubeskova drew the last stone onto the button inside a Russia stone already sitting there, to score one point and win by 10-9.

Defending champions Scotland had suffered two successive losses before this session as they played Italy, who were still looking for their first win. In the eighth end, Scotland skip, Eve Muirhead, played an angle raise take-out to score two and move onto a 7-6 lead. After this, Scotland won by 9-7 when Muirhead played a hit and stay with the last stone of the game.

Afterwards Muirhead said, “after last night’s game we knew we needed to get a win, so I’m really pleased. It was a game of patience but as a team we stuck together. We have to expect that every game is going to go down to last shot, last end, and you’re not a skip unless you are confident about making last shots like that.”

Meanwhile, Olympic champions Sweden faced Latvia looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the week – to joint leaders Switzerland in Sunday evening’s play.

The game against Latvia started out cagily but eventually, Sweden’s skip, Anna Hasselborg, drew her last stone of the sixth end into the house to score four points and establish a clear lead, at 6-2. Sweden went on to win by 7-4.

Afterwards, Hasselborg said, “I’m really proud of the team’s performance. We’ve had the third line-up of the week [because of sickness], so I’m very proud of how we are battling through. When we took the four-ender it felt a little bit more comfortable.”

In the fifth game of the session between Germany and Denmark, the lead changed hands five times before Germany emerged as 6-4 winners to join Russia and Sweden in joint second place, one loss behind leaders Switzerland.

Session four results: Sweden 7-4 Latvia; Russia 9-10 Czech Republic; Finland 4-10 Switzerland; Germany 6-4 Denmark; Scotland 9-7 Italy

Standings after session four:

Switzerland 4-0
Germany 3-1
Russia 3-1
Sweden 3-1
Czech Republic 2-2
Scotland 2-2
Denmark 1-3
Finland 1-3
Latvia 1-3
Italy 0-4

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