Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 18, 2014
The Czech Republic finally carved out their first win of the event when they beat Denmark by 8-4 in Tuesday evening's eleventh session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.
Denmark opened the scoring with one point in the first end, but the Czechs scored two in the second end to take the lead. And they moved into a clear lead - at 6-2 when they scored three points in the fifth end. After this, the teams swapped single points for the next four ends as the Czechs kept control of the game to eventually win by 8-4 after nine ends.
After her first win, Czech skip Anna Kubeskova said, "it’s amazing. We’re very happy because our earlier losses were very frustrating, so it’s a great win for us. We've had many tight games but in the end, the win wasn’t there, we're happy that we won now."
In the same session, Switzerland beat USA by 8-6 while Canada had an 8-3 win over Scotland. These results put both of these teams into joint top spot on the rankings with Sweden, who sat the session out.
The Swiss team were dominant early in the game against USA, scoring two points in the first end then stealing single points in both the second and third ends and following that up with a steal of two points in the fourth end for a 6-0 lead. This left USA with too much to do, and despite their efforts, they lost by 8-6. After the game, Swiss third player Irene Schori said: "USA played a better second half, so we almost lost our advantage. At the end it was closer than we wanted to have it after leading 6-0."
The Canada-Scotland game was closer. Canada opened with a score of two points in the first end and Scotland responded with a single point score in the second. This pattern repeated for the next two ends to give Canada a 4-2 lead. The Canadians scored one point in the seventh end before stealing single points in both the eighth and ninth ends to complete their 8-3 win.
Afterwards, Canadian skip Rachel Homan said, "It was a good day, two solid games by our team. We’re not playing a hundred per cent, but you definitely put value in those wins where you don’t play a hundred per cent. You have to grind it out.”
The fourth game of the session saw China face Germany and in the seventh end, China's skip Sijia Liu drew her final stone into the house to score one point and take a 5-3 lead. After this, China won, with a final score of 6-4. Speaking after her win, Liu said, "the difference in this match was that everybody was together so we're feeling good."
Session 11: Denmark 4, Czech Republic 8; Switzerland 8, USA 6; Canada 8, Scotland 3; China 6, Germany 4.
Standings after 11 sessions*:
1. Canada 6-1
1. Sweden 6-1
1. Switzerland 6-1
4. China 5-2
4. Korea 5-2
4. Russia 5-2
7. USA 3-4
8. Scotland 2-5
9. Czech Republic 1-6
9. Denmark 1-6
9. Germany 1-6
9. Latvia 1-6
*teams with the same win – loss record are ranked alphabetically until the end of the round robin
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