Swift Current, Canada
March 20, 2010
United States 2-0
DRAW W2: LAT-RUS 2-4, CAN-SWE 9-6, NOR-SUI 7-6, JPN-USA 3-10 DRAW W1 – CHN-GER 6-8, RUS–USA 6-8, JPN-LAT 7-4, SCO-DEN 9-4
Draw One at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada, saw 2009 champions and 2010 Olympic bronze medallists China take on Germany the 2009 European Champions.
Germany finished the game with a two in the ninth and a single steal in the tenth end when Wang for China wrecked on a guard, Germany had their first win 8/6.
Scotland and Denmark met in this round, the teams have played each other many times in recent years. Scotland dominated this game from the opening ends, final score 9/4 to Scotland.
Latvia is at a Women’s World Championship for the first time, in draw one they met Japan, a more experienced team at this level. It was a tight game all the way. In the tenth and final end Iveta Stasa-Sarsune for Latvia attempted a difficult double take out to tie the game but a Japanese stone still lay shot, Japan got their first win 7/4.
Russia against USA was a messy game, neither team seemed to settle into a rhythm, Russia had the lead in the early ends but USA came back at them , they stole three shots over ends six and seven for a lead of two. Japan could only reply with a single, USA blanked the ninth end and scored a single shot in the final end to win the game 8/6.
DRAW2 - USA had the best of their game against Japan from the early ends scoring six shots over the first four ends. Japan made a bit of a comeback scoring three over ends five and six, but USA still dominated the game, Japan conceded after giving up four in end seven, final score 10/3 to USA.
Latvia and Russia both had lost their opening games. This was a very low scoring game, neither team were prepared to take any chances. Latvia managed a single in end nine but ran out of stones in the the final end, Russia won the game 4/2.
Host nation Canada had their opening game against a new team from Sweden skipped by Cecilia Ostlund. Sweden dominated the first half of the game, Canada got a single in the first end but Sweden scored five over the next three ends for a lead of four shots. But the more experienced Canadians had the best of the second half of the game and went into the final end with a lead of three shots. Canada ran Sweden out of stones in the final end to win the game 9/6.
Norway against Switzerland – both are new teams this year. It was a close game but Norway looked the stronger team from the opening ends, they had a lead of two after five ends.
In the final end Norway lay two, Swiss Skip Binia Feltscher attempted a tap back but hung wide, Norway’s Linn Githmark didn’t need to play her last stone, Norway scored one shot for the game 7/6.