Korea women go two from two in Almaty

  • Korea record two wins from two Photo: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Korea recorded their second win in Monday (9 November) morning's second session of women's play to top the round-robin table at the Pacific Asia Curling Championships, being staged in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan. At the same time, defending champions China recorded their first win.

Korea faced New Zealand, who were opening their campaign, and imposed their presence on the game in the third end, scoring four points to take a 5-1 lead. New Zealand then scored a single point in the fourth end and stole another single point in the fifth end without last stone advantage to close Korea's lead down to 5-3 at the halfway break. Korea then scored two points in the sixth end and stole a further three points in the seventh end to take a 10-3 lead. New Zealand then conceded the game.

Having lost their opener to Japan on Sunday evening, China faced Kazakhstan looking for an improved result. After blanking the first end, the Chinese opened their account with a single point in the second end.

They then went on to steal in the next three ends to take a 5-0 lead after five ends. Kazakhstan then managed to blank the sixth end but in the seventh end their skip Olga Ten came up short with her final draw to concede a steal of four points and give China a commanding 9-0 lead.

In the eighth end, China third player Jinli Liu injured her knee in a fall as she was sweeping, and was replaced by alternate Jie Mei. China stole another two points in this end for 11-0, and Kazakhstan conceded the game.

They Said It:

Kim Ji Sun; skip, Korea (after 10-3 win over New Zealand):

"We feel good about that win. This ice is very good but we're very nervous about it. Two wins and at the top of the table – that's a good place to be and we're happy. But we'll aim to get better and better in the next games."

Sijia Liu; skip, China (after 11-0 win over Kazakhstan):

"I think we're becoming more used to the ice now, after two games – It's good to get a win this time, rather than the loss yesterday."

RESULTS Session 2:

Women: Korea 10-3 New Zealand; China 11-0 Kazakhstan.

Standings after 2 sessions of play (W - L):

WOMEN:

Korea 2-0
Japan 1-0
China 1-1
New Zealand 0-1
Kazakhstan 0-2