Canada, Russia and Sweden women share the lead after two sessions

  • Photo © WCF / Emile Gareev

After the first two sessions of women's round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships 2018, three teams share the lead, each on two wins - Canada, Russia and defending champions Sweden.

Canada were pushed all the way by Turkey in their evening game, with the teams tied at 3-3 after five ends, and again, at 5-5, after eight ends. A score of one point in the ninth end, and a steal of two points in the tenth end gave Canada their eventual 8-5 win.

In another tight game, Russia beat United States by 7-6. The Americans scored one point in the seventh end to tie the game at 6-6 and, following this, the Russians blanked the eighth and ninth ends before finally scoring the one point needed in the tenth end for the win.

The game between Switzerland and Sweden was one of two games to go to an extra end in the evening session. With the score tied at 6-6 at the conclusion of the regulation ten ends, Sweden's skip Isabella Wranaa drew her final stone of the extra end exactly onto the button to score one point to preserve her team's unbeaten record.

Scotland won the other extra end game, by 4-3 over China. To do so, they stole the vital one point in the extra end when China's fourth player Ziqi Dong was just too light with her final draw.

In the fifth game of the session, Korea beat Norway by 8-6. The tide turned in Korea's favour in the second half of this game, when first of all they scored three points in the seventh end to level the score at 5-5 and then stole two points in the eighth end to move into a 7-5 lead, on the way to a final score of 8-6.

They said it

Alexey Tselousov; coach, Russia. (After 7-6 victory over U.S.A): "It's nice for this new junior team. This is the first season for them and we have a really young skip who is only 17. We enjoyed that win, but In the future, we will play against stronger teams."

Rebecca Morrison; skip, Scotland. (After 4-3 victory over China): "It's good to get a first win on the board, especially because none of us have done this before. There were a few opportunities we had there to get the win, and we didn't quite get it in the tenth end, but luckily we managed to steal it in the extra end. Most of the time I felt quite in control. They had the shot there for the win, but it was not an easy shot."

Women session two results: Norway 6-8 Korea; Switzerland 6-7 Sweden; Russia 7-6 United States; Turkey 5-8 Canada; Scotland 4-3 China.

Standings after women's session two (win-loss):

Canada 2-0
Russia 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Korea 1-1
Norway 1-1
Scotland 1-1
United States 1-1
China 0-2
Switzerland 0-2
Turkey 0-2

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