Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 17, 2014
With a 7-3 win over Denmark in Monday evening's eighth session of round-robin play, Switzerland kept their unbeaten record going at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.
The Swiss started the game strongly, scoring two points in the first end. After this, the teams swapped single point scores for the next four ends, meaning that Switzerland went into the half-time break leading by 4-2.
They then had a single-point steal in the sixth and followed that up by stealing a further two points in the seventh end for a 7-2 lead. Denmark scored one point in the eighth end to move the score to 7-3 in Switzerland's favour but then conceded the game. After the game, Swiss skip Binia Feltscher said, "we did not expect to be at the top of the table after five games, but there are still some very good teams we need to play against in the round robin. At the moment we enjoy the comfortable position and are looking forward to the next games.”
At the other end of the table, Germany played the Czech Republic, with both teams still looking for their first win. In the fifth end, Czech skip Anna Kubeskova hit out a German stone to score four points from the end and reduce Germany's lead to 5-4 and in the eighth end, German skip Imogen Oona Lehmann drew her lasts stone inside four Czech counters to score one point and take a 6-5 lead, which eventually turned into an 8-5 win. After this first win, German third player Corinne Scholz celebrated the win, saying, "at last! it feels very, very good and now there's a lot less pressure for the next game."
USA faced Canada in this session. After blanking the first end, Canada used their last stone advantage to open the scoring with two points in the second end. In the third end, USA skip Allison Pottinger played a soft-weight tap-up to score one point and reduce Canada's lead to 2-1. In the fourth end, Canada's Rachel Homan scored four points with a draw-shot that was vigorously swept all the way by her team. This gave Canada a 6-1 lead on their way to an eventual 9-3 win in just six ends.
After the game, and thinking about her team's loss on Sunday to Switzerland, Canadian second player Alison Kreviazuk said, "we definitely bounced back from yesterday. We had a tough game, but we learned from our mistakes and tried to build on that today."
The fourth game of the session was between Scotland and China. In the second end of this game Scottish skip Kerry Barr played a tap raise on one of her own stones to score two and level the score at 4-4. But in the tenth end China's skip Sijia Liu hit out a Scottish stone to score the one point she needed for her 8-7 win with another of her own stones that was left lying in shot position. After the game China's Lui was gracious about her opponents, saying, "Scotland is a great team, and they play very well. But they made some mistakes and we took our chances."
Session 8: USA 3, Canada 9; Scotland 7, China 8; Czech Republic 5, Germany 8; Switzerland 7, Denmark 3.
Standings after 8 sessions*:
1. Switzerland 5-0
2. Canada 4-1
2. Sweden 4-1
4. China 3-2
4. Korea 3-2
4. Russia 3-2
4. USA 3-2
8. Scotland 2-3
9. Denmark 1-4
9. Germany 1-4
9. Latvia 1-4
12. Czech Republic 0-5
*teams with the same win – loss record are ranked alphabetically until the end of the round robin
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