Defending champions Sweden win again to remain undefeated

  • Sweden women win again Photo © WCF / Emile Gareev

Defending champions Sweden beat Norway by 8-5 in Sunday afternoon's third women's round-robin session of the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 to record their third win, remain undefeated so far, and move into a clear lead at the top of the table.

Other winners in this session were hosts Scotland, who had an 8-4 win over Canada; United States, who beat Turkey by 6-5; Korea, with a 9-5 win over Switzerland; and China, who beat Russia by 10-5.

Sweden had to come from behind to beat Norway and turned the tables with a score of three points in the seventh end to move into the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-4. They then sealed their win with another score of three points, this time in the ninth end for their 8-5 win.

Scotland were 6-0 up after just three ends of their game against Canada and went into the break holding a 7-1 lead. After this, Canada mounted a challenge, scoring single points in the next three ends to reduce Scotland's lead to 7-4. The Scots scored one more point in the ninth end, after which Canada conceded, with the score at 8-4.

The game between United States and Turkey was tight all the way, with the score tied on three different occasions - at 2-2 after three ends, at 3-3 after five ends, and at 5-5 after nine ends. In the tenth end, United States scored the one point that gave them their 6-5 win.

Korea always had the advantage against Switzerland. They opened the scoring with a single point in the first end and then stole three more points in the second end for an early 4-0 lead. They moved on to an 8-2 lead at the break and, despite the Swiss scoring three points in the sixth end, to reduce the Korean lead to 8-5, the Koreans then blanked ends eight and nine and went on to score one point in the tenth end for their win.

In the fifth game of this session, China beat Russia by 10-5, helped by scores of three points in both the sixth and ninth ends.

These results mean that Sweden stand at the top of the table, on three wins and no losses. Five teams are tied behind them on two wins and one loss - Canada, Korea, Russia, Scotland, and United States. China and Norway each have one win and share seventh place, while Switzerland and Turkey remain winless at the bottom of the table.

They said it

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 10-5 win over Russia): "We made a few mistakes, but the teams we've been playing against haven't been making too many mistakes so far. Today these young girls kind of made a couple of mistakes that gave us control of the game. But they kept coming and our girls managed to get out of a couple of sticky situations."

Rebecca Morrison; skip, Scotland. (After 8-4 win over Canada): "My whole team was just playing really well and setting up really nice for me, so I had easy shots in the first half of the game. We wanted to score when we had hammer. We didn't manage that for a couple of ends, but the ninth end really helped us."

Minji Kim; skip, Korea [through translation] (After 9-5 win over Switzerland): "Yesterday we tried our best, but it wasn't our best effort. Today our shots were pretty good, and we all had good days. Two years ago in Denmark we won the bronze medal, and we want to make the play-offs again this time."
Women session three results: Canada 4-8 Scotland; United States 6-5 Turkey; Switzerland 5-9 Korea; China 10-5 Russia; Norway 5-8 Sweden.

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

Sweden 3-0
Canada 2-1
Korea 2-1
Russia 2-1
Scotland 2-1
United States 2-1
China 1-2
Norway 1-2
Switzerland 0-3
Turkey 0-3
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