China women climb the rankings at World Juniors

  • China win against Russia on Tuesday night © WCF / Richard Gray

In a battle for second place in the women’s standings, China faced Russia on Tuesday night at the Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Russia, who were down 6-3 after four ends, clawed their way back into the game with a hit for three points in the eighth end to close the gap 8-7. In the tenth end, China ran the Russians out of stone to win 9-7 and move to second place behind undefeated Switzerland.

After the win, China’s skip Jiayi Jiang said, “the game was intense and Russia played really well, we just stayed mentally strong and got the win. All of us are excited to play our first World Juniors and we are happy to learn from other teams and play well.”

The Swiss team followed their morning victory with a second close game, this time against Sweden. Despite being down 5-0 after four ends, Switzerland stole two points in the seventh end, followed by two more in the eighth end to put pressure on the Swedes. In the final end, Switzerland drew for their single point and a 7-6 win.

Canada’s Selena Sturmay faced Korea’s Minji Kim, where the Canadians put a dominant win on the board 8-3.

Sturmay commented on the victory afterwards, “I think really playing the scoreboard in that situation and knowing when to bail really helped us out there.”

United States earned their second win of the championship after Scotland missed a double take-out for the win 7-5.

American skip, Cait Flannery shared the key to their win, “we’ve been struggling with communication and I think we got it better and picked up our execution to win.”

In the final game of the session, Norway beat Japan 8-3, leaving Japan as the only team with no wins.

Results and standings:

Session five: China 9-7 Russia; Korea 3-8 Canada; Scotland 5-7 United States; Sweden 6-7 Switzerland; Japan 3-8 Norway.

Standings after session five (W-L):

Switzerland 5-0
China 4-1
Canada 3-2
Korea 3-2
Russia 3-2
Norway 2-3
Sweden 2-3
United States 2-3
Scotland 1-4
Japan 0-5

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