Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 18, 2014
After building up a winning streak of five previous victories, Switzerland lost their unbeaten record when they went down by 2-9 to Korea in Tuesday afternoon's tenth session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.
In the seventh end of this game, Switzerland's skip Binia Feltscher played a delicate raise on one of her own stones to score one point and reduce Korea's lead to 4-2, but in the eighth end, Korea's fourth player Un Chi Gim hit out a Swiss stone and kept her own in the house to score five points for a 9-2 victory.
After the game Swiss coach Allan Moore said, "we lost this game because they read the ice better than we did. After some steals we tried to play more offensive but the stone didn`t come as we wanted them."
The Swiss had sat out the morning session of play, but Sweden had faced Denmark and, in this Scandinavian show-down, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz played a double take-out of Danish stones in the fourth end to score three points and take a 4-1 lead. Later, in the seventh end, a Danish attempt to draw into the house wrecked on a front guard, handing Sweden a steal of one point for the end and a 6-2 lead. The Danes conceded at that point with the score at 7-2 to Sweden.
The Swedes came back onto the ice in the afternoon session to face Germany and in the third end of this game, Prytz hit out a German stone with her own last, to score three points and take a 3-2 lead. In the eighth end, she drew her final stone into the house to score two points and take a 7-4 lead.
Sweden eventually won by 11-4 and this means that they have now replaced Switzerland at the top of the rankings, with six wins and one loss. Afterwards, Prytz said, "we had a really good day today, and we played really good games. Both this morning and this afternoon, the games were quite tight in the beginning and then we had a few really good ends, so that was nice."
Russia played in both of Tuesday's sessions. In the morning they faced Scotland and this game turned in the fifth end when Russia's skip Anna Sidorova took out a Scottish stone to score three points and take a 5-2 lead. Russia then went on to win by 10-4.
The Russians then went on to face USA, and, in the seventh end of this game, Sidorova threw a heavy take-out at a cluster of stones in the house and, in doing so, took out two USA stones to count two points with her own stones, for a 5-3 lead. In the tenth end, USA skip Allison Pottinger missed a take-out attempt and this gave Russia an 8-5 win. These results keep Russia in play-off contention.
After the USA game, Sidorova said, "that was a really important win for us - even if we have the same points as USA we will be ahead of them now. We want to get to the play-offs but every team makes mistakes - that's the game. We just need to execute at the right time - that's always the key."
Latvia also played in both of these sessions, but their results were the opposite of Russia's, going down to two defeats - by 4-8 to Canada a and then 5-9 to China.
Before beating Switzerland, Korea had faced the Czech Republic in morning play, and had a solid 8-5 win, and after these two wins their skip Jisun Kim acknowledged how important they had been, saying, "if we had lost to Switzerland, maybe we wouldn’t make the playoffs. But with these wins, we are now hopeful for the playoffs."
Session 9: Russia 10, Scotland 4; Korea 8, Czech Republic 5; Denmark 2, Sweden 7; Latvia 4, Canada 8.
Session 10: Switzerland 2, Korea 9; Sweden 11, Germany 4; Latvia 5, China 9; Russia 8, USA 5.
Standings after 10 sessions*:
1. Sweden 6-1
2. Canada 5-1
2. Switzerland 5-1
4. Korea 5-2
4. Russia 5-2
6. China 4-2
7. USA 3-3
8. Scotland 2-4
9. Denmark 1-5
9. Germany 1-5
11. Latvia 1-6
12. Czech Republic 0-6.
*teams with the same win – loss record are ranked alphabetically until the end of the round robin
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