Defending champions Sweden continue undefeated as Switzerland record first win

  • Switzerland in action against Scotland © WCF / Emile Gareev

In Monday morning's fourth session of women's round-robin play, Sweden continued their unbeaten run with an 8-6 win over Russia, while Switzerland beat Scotland, 9-6, in an extra end to record their first win so far.

Sweden took a 5-3 lead into the fifth-end break of their game against Russia, thanks largely to a score of three points in the fifth end. But, Russia battled back, levelling the score at 6-6 with a three-point score of their own in the eighth end. Two points in the ninth end restored Sweden's lead, at 8-6 and the Russians ran out of stones in the tenth end.

It took Switzerland all the way to the fifth end to get their first point onto the score board against Scotland as the Scots led 4-1 at the break. But, a run of scores in three ends by the Swiss - a single in the seventh end and steals of two points in both the eighth and ninth ends - gave them the lead for the first time in the game, at 6-5. Scotland could only score one point in the tenth end when their skip Rebecca Morrison played a nose-hit to level the score at 6-6 and forced an extra end. The Swiss had last stone advantage in that extra end and scored three points for their 9-6 win.

Canada returned to winning ways, beating United States by 8-3 after their loss to Scotland in the previous session, while Norway, who were 1-5 down to Turkey at the fifth end break, had a strong second-half recovery, including a steal of five points in the seventh end, to beat Turkey by 10-5.

In the fifth game of the session, China defeated Korea by 7-1.

These results mean that Sweden top the table, undefeated on four wins and no losses. Canada sit behind them on three wins, while six teams - China, Korea, Norway, Russia, Scotland and United States - share third place, each on two wins and two losses. Switzerland's win in this session places them ninth, while Turkey, in tenth, are now the only win-less team.

They said it

Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 8-6 win over Russia): "We felt like that was our best game so far. We were more focussed and we had more good stones. I think we kept a positive energy on the ice, so it felt very good. We try to take one game at a time, so we'll start talking about the next game now. Before yesterday we didn't even think about who our opponents in this game would be. We're just trying to take it one game at a time. It's real fun, a good crowd."

Kaitlyn Jones; skip, Canada (after 8-3 win over United States): "I thought the ice was very weight-sensitive. But we battled back from last night's game and I think we feel a little more confident today. It was really loud here today with all the people cheering for Scotland but I think we were managing our weight signals and stuff better. They played great today, they put up a fight for the first half but we started pushing them a little bit further in the second half and we ended up coming out on top."

Maia Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 10-5 win over Turkey): "We agreed in the fifth-end break that we had nothing to lose, so we decided to go hard for a steal in every end. In the second half we put some pressure on them, which we didn't do in the first five ends. They missed a few shots, and we just worked with what we got to get the win."

Selina Witschonke; skip, Switzerland (after 9-6 extra end win over Scotland): "It was a tough game so I was very nervous, and we already had three losses so this win makes us really happy. At the end of the game we played a lot better than in the beginning. The Scots left some chances for us in the ninth end so we could steal two points. We want to take this motivation with us into our next game, and we hope to keep winning."

Women session four results: Sweden 8-6 Russia; China 7-1 Korea; Turkey 5-10 Norway; Canada 8-3 United States; Switzerland 9-6 Scotland

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

Sweden 4-0
Canada 3-1
China 2-2
Korea 2-2
Norway 2-2
Russia 2-2
Scotland 2-2
United States 2-2
Switzerland 1-3
Turkey 0-4

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