Russia, Switzerland top women’s World Junior standings

  • Russia’s Irina Riazanova at the World Juniors © WCF / Richard Gray

Switzerland beat Scotland by 10-7 while Russia had an 11-6 win over United States in Monday (18 February) afternoon’s third women’s round-robin session of the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada. These two teams now share top spot on the table, both undefeated.

Switzerland scored three points in each of the second and eighth ends against Scotland on the way to their win, while Russia scored four points in the ninth end of their game to force their American opponents to concede.

After this game, Russian skip Vlada Romiantseva said, “of course; we are pleased to be at the top of the table, but this is the beginning of the week – we want to be at the top at the end of the week too.”

Canada beat Japan by 9-6 while Korea had a 7-2 win over China in this session, and, as a result, Canada, China and Korea share third spot – on two wins and one loss – behind the joint leaders.

After her game against Japan, Canada skip Selena Sturmay said, “the first half of the game was really strong for us and fortunately Team Japan missed some shots and let us get a couple of extra points. They played well in the second half so we’re just happy to come out with the win.”

She added, “representing Canada and wearing the maple leaf on your back is something every Canadian dreams of, so to have the opportunity to do it in Canada is something I’ll never forget, and we’re all very proud.”

Sweden had a 9-2 victory over Norway, finishing the game off with a score of four points in the eighth end to record their first win so far and they now share sixth spot with Scotland and United States on one win and two losses.

After this game Swedish skip Tova Sundberg said, “we talked about letting yesterday’s loss go and we talked about doing that little extra. I knew we could do a lot better, so I’m very proud of the girls for making that extra effort. We feel that’s us into this tournament now – it’s a big pressure playing for Sweden, so it’s a relief that we managed to win this game, my first win at the Worlds.”

Results and standings:

Session three: Norway 2-9 Sweden; Scotland 7-10 Switzerland; Canada 9-6 Japan; China 2-7 Korea; Russia 11-6 United States.

Standings after session three (W-L):

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

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