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Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 – Day 2 Early Roundup

Team Korea photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Russian Skip Anna Sidorova photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Team Canada photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Swedish Skip Margaretha Sigfridsson photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

In Sunday's play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada, hosts Canada faced the Czech Republic.

In the sixth end of their game, Czech skip Anna Kubeskova tapped out a Canadian stone to score one point from the end and reduce the Canadian lead to 4-3, but in the next end, Canada built on their lead again when skip Rachel Homan drew her last stone into the house to score two points and move her lead to 6-3 on the way to an eventual 8-4 victory.

This result gave Canada their second win so far, but Canadian skip Rachel Homan was quick to put that situation into perspective, saying, "two (wins) is nothing in a week long competition, so we've just got to keep winning our next games.”

In the game between Denmark and Scotland, the Danes trailed going into the eighth end but their skip Madeleine Dupont drew her final stone into the house to score three points and take a 6-4 lead. In the tenth end, Scotland's Kerry Barr could only score one point with her last effort, meaning that Denmark won by 7-5.

This was Scotland's second loss and, afterwards, Scottish skip Barr was frank in her appraisal. "that was a bit of a disappointment for me personally, the girls played really well - they really upped their game, I just couldn't finish it off. I need to play a bit better."

Olympic silver medallists Sweden faced Russia and in the fifth end of this game, with Russia leading by 3-1, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz drew her last stone inside five Russian stones to score one point and cut the Russian lead to 3-2. But in the next end, Russia's Anna Sidorova scored two points to take a 5-2 lead on her way to a 7-4 win.

Afterwards, Sidorova said, "that was pretty amazing to win against such a big name. Sigfridsson is the silver-medallist at the Olympic Games, so for us, it was a really important game and also an important win. With such teams you have to fight for the win, and that’s what we did today."

In the seventh end of the game between China and Switzerland Chinese skip Sijia Liu found a way around a busy house to score one point for a 3-1 lead, but after this the game changed. Swiss skip Binia Feltscher responded with a draw for two points to level the score at 3-3 after eight ends and then she stole two further points in the ninth for a 5-3 lead. A further single-point steal by the Swiss in the tenth end gave then a 6-3 win.

After the game, Feltscher said, "the two in the eighth end to tie the game was really important," and speaking about the steal of two in the ninth, she conceded, "It was lucky for us."

USA kept themselves in joint top position on the rankings, alongside Canada and Switzerland, with a 6-5 win over Germany. In the sixth end of this game, Germany's skip Imogen Oona Lehmann scored one point with a draw-shot to close the USA lead down to 4-2 but in the eighth, USA's Allison Pottinger played an angle raised take-out to score two points for a 6-2 lead. After this, the USA won the game by 6-5.

Speaking about her team's good position in the rankings, Pottinger said, "we're not going to get carried away and get ahead of ourselves, because we don't want to trip and stumble. We want to take it one game at a time and understand it's just one at a time."

Korea faced Latvia in the final game of this session, and Korea made the first break-through with a single-point steal in the fourth end to take a 3-1 lead. They extended that to 5-2 when they scored two points in the sixth end. After this the teams swapped single points in the last four ends to see Korea emerge as 7-4 winners.

Afterwards Korean skip Jisun Kim was generous as she considered her team's second win, saying, "maybe Team Latvia were not feeling good, so we were able to win."

RESULTS
Session 3: Canada 8, Czech Republic 4; Scotland 5, Denmark 7.
Session 4: Sweden 4, Russia 7; China 3, Switzerland 6; Germany 5, USA 6; Korea 7, Latvia 4.

Women's standings after 4 sessions:
1. Canada 2-0
1. Switzerland 2-0
1. USA 2-0
4. Russia 2-1
4. Sweden 2-1
4. Korea 2-1
7. Denmark 1-1
8. Latvia 1-2
9. China 0-2
9. Czech Republic 0-2
9. Germany 0-2
9. Scotland 0-2.

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV And embedded on the hompage of the WCF Website www.worldcurling.org

More information about the event can be found on the event website: www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/
Results are here: www.curling.ca/scoreboard

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The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.

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