Switzerland women open with two wins at World Juniors

  • Switzerland’s Vanessa Tonoli and Laura Engler sweep during their morning game against Korea © WCF / Rachel MacRae

In Sunday evening’s second session of women’s round-robin play at the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada, big scores in single ends were a strong feature.

Switzerland led the way when they opened their 11-6 win over Norway with a score of four in the first end and followed that up with another four in the third end on the way to their win.

By contrast, it took to the last end played against Sweden for China to steal five points for a 12-1 win.

Korea also finished strongly in their game against Scotland, scoring three points in the fourth end and five in the sixth, at which point the Scots conceded with Korea winning by 11-3.

After this game, Korea skip Minji Kim said, “we struggled with the ice in our morning game, but tonight my draw weight was much better. We adapted well to the ice early and are more confident now. All of the teams here are strong!”

The game between Canada and the United States saw the teams swap scores of three points in the sixth and seventh ends before Canada’s skip Selena Sturmay drew her last stone of the tenth end into position to score the one point she needed for an 7-6 win.

After the game, Sturmay said, “following our previous loss, we wanted to catch on to the ice early and capitalise on any mistakes - I think we did a good job on that. We practice last stone draw all the time and in a tight game all you can really expect is to have a piece of the four-foot for a draw, so we’re pretty comfortable in that situation.”

In the fifth game of the session Russia beat Japan by 7-4 to remain undefeated alongside China and Switzerland at the top of the table. After this game, Russia skip Vlada Rumiantseva simply said, “we’re pleased with our second win – our team played well, but we know we can play better.”

Results and standings:

Session two: Russia 7-4 Japan; Canada 7-6 United States; Korea 11-3 Scotland; Switzerland 11-6 Norway; Sweden 1-12 China.

Standings after session two (W-L):

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

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