China takes first Pacific-Asia win at World Mixed Curling Championship

  • Wenli Guo put his team's win, against Slovenia, down to focus WCF / Céline Stucki

China are the first team from the Pacific-Asia Zone to post a victory at the inaugural World Mixed Curling Championship.

The Chinese, skipped by Yangsong Ji, beat Slovenia 11-1 in a six end game.

The team’s second, Wenli Guo, praised the team’s mental strength following the win. He said: “We teamed together and were focussed on the ice. The message from our coach was to follow the plan and when we did that we played better.”

Czech Republic won their first game of the day, 8-3, against Kazakhstan who were out on the ice for a second time. Russia also won their opening game in nine ends against England. For the most part this was quite a low scoring game. After six ends it was 3-2 in England’s favour, before Russia went on to win 5-4.

After a defeat to Denmark in the opening session, Ireland returned to the ice and recorded an 11-5 win over Lithuania. In the opening three ends they established a 6-0 lead, which proved too difficult for the Lithuanians to overcome in the remaining ends.

Switzerland and Sweden both won their second games of the day. Switzerland defeated New Zealand, 8-1, and Sweden beat Belgium, 9-3.