Canada women hand Switzerland first World Junior loss

  • Canada’s Kate Goodhelpsen and Paige Papley © WCF / Rachel MacRae

At the top of the table in the women’s competition at the World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, Canada, there is now a two-way tie between China and Switzerland. In the afternoon’s sixth round-robin session, Canada beat previously undefeated Switzerland 6-4 while China held on to win against United States 9-8.

In the game between China and United States, the teams swapped scores of two throughout and as United States skip Cait Flannery explained, “it was a close one the whole way through, but we weren’t really able to switch that hammer.”

Thanks to their win over Switzerland, Canada now trail the leaders along with Korea, who beat Norway by 7-3, and Russia, who were 7-4 winners over Scotland.

Korea had two successive single point steals in the middle section of their game against Norway on their way to victory. Afterwards, their skip Minji Kim said, “that was a nice win. We didn’t play well in the last game against Canada but did better this time.”

Meanwhile, Russia finished off their game against Scotland with a score of four in the ninth end, and afterwards, their skip Vlada Rumiantseva said, “that was a very difficult game, but we made some great shots in the ninth end. We know that was an important win for our qualification hopes.”

In the fifth game of this session, Sweden beat Japan by 12-6 to move onto sixth place on the table. This game featured scores of four points in the second end and five points in the fifth end for the Swedes. Their skip Tova Sundberg said, “that game was really good, and it’s great to have that win after yesterday’s loss. Every game is important to us now, and we’re happy to have come back strong.”

Behind Sweden, Norway and United States share seventh place with two wins each, Scotland are in ninth with just one win, while Japan, in tenth, are still looking for their first win.

Results and standings:

Session six: Korea 7-3 Norway; Russia 7-4 Scotland; Japan 6-12 Sweden; United States 8-9 China; Switzerland 4-6 Canada.

Standings after session six (W-L):

China 5-1
Switzerland 5-1
Canada 4-2
Korea 4-2
Russia 4-2
Sweden 3-3
Norway 2-4
United States 2-4
Scotland 1-5
Japan 0-6

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