February 18, 2010
Women Session 4:
CAN-GER 6-5 (extra end); CHN-JPN 9-5; RUS-GBR 3-10; DEN-USA 7-6.
Standings after 4 sessions:
With a precision draw in the extra end of her game against Germany's Andrea Schoepp, Canada's Cheryl Bernard won her third round-robin game in Vancouver, in the process bringing the house down to the cheers of over 5,000 Canadian fans.
This 6-5 result came after a strong second half by Schoepp, who stole a single point in the tenth to force the extra end. It also preserves Canada's unbeaten record and keeps Bernard's team at the top of the ranking alongside Sweden's defending Olympic champion Anette Norberg, who had a bye in this session.
Elsewhere in the session, Great Britain's Eve Muirhead had an eight-end 10-3 win over the Russian Federation, with Russian skip Ludmila Privivkova struggling to find draw weight, while the world champions from the People's Republic of China, led by Bingyu Wang, beat Japan's Moe Meguro by 9-5. These wins put China and Britain on the same won two, lost one record as Germany.
In the remaining game of the session, Denmark and the USA had a tussle which saw the Americans in the lead until skip Debbie McCormick came up short with a draw in the seventh end to give up a steal of three points and turn the game in Denmark's favour. Denmark won 7-6.
Denmark, Japan and the Russians now each have just one win and two losses, while this defeat marked a third loss for the USA, who remain winless alongside Switzerland, the other team besides Sweden to sit out the session.