China and Japan top standings with two wins after the women’s second round-robin session

  • Japan defeat Kazakhstan in session two © WCF / Tom Rowland

The women’s competition continued on Monday (5 November) morning at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 and saw wins for China, Japan and Korea.

Hosts Korea took on Australia with both teams seeking their first win at the event.

After scoring one point in the first end, Korea stole another point in the second end, when Australia skip Tahli Gill came up short with her last stone, drawing against four counters.

Over the next five ends the teams traded single points. Then, in the eighth end Korea skip, Minji Kim drew her last stone to the back of the four-foot for a score of four points to take an 8-3 lead.

In the ninth end Australia couldn’t take advantage of their last stone advantage as Korea put their first stone in the four-foot and managed to guard it throughout the end, resulting in a steal of a single point, after which Australia conceded defeat, with the score, 9-3 to Korea.

After their game, Korea skip, Minji Kim said: “Yesterday we did the game as we planned, but today we did some mistakes, so for us it’s a game with a bit of a regret. In the next game we want to show our best performance without any mistakes. It means a lot to us, playing in the Olympic venue and with the support from the audience, it gives us an Olympic feeling.”

Elsewhere in the session last year’s silver medallists, Japan won over Kazakhstan by 13-3. Kazakhstan started well, stealing the first end with a perfectly guarded stone at the edge of the four-foot.

In the second end Japan rallied, scoring six points when skip, Satsuki Fujisawa drew her last stone to the edge of the four-foot for the 6-1 lead.

Then in the fifth end, Fujisawa played a hit on the lone Kazakhstan counter with her last stone to score four points and increase their lead, to 10-3. Japan then stole three points in the sixth end, after which resulted in Kazakhstan conceding defeat, giving Japan the win, by 13-3.

After their game, Japan coach, J. D. Lind said: “It’s a good start, we had two good games and we’re looking forward to the rest of the week. At the start of the competition you just want to get more comfortable with the ice conditions and I think that these two games were a pretty good start. But we can always continue to just try to improve our feel of the ice, and I think we will be ready for the second half of the week.”

In the remaining game of the session China secured their second win of the competition when they beat Qatar, by 25-0.

The championships continue today with the men's fourth session at 14:00 Korea Standard Time (KST), followed by the women’s third session at 19:00 KST.

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