Canada win again to sit undefeated at the top of the standings

  • Canada defeat Switzerland to remain undefeated Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

With an 8-6 win over Switzerland in Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play, Canada moved into a clear lead at the top of the rankings of the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China.

Switzerland and Canada were both unbeaten and joint leaders before this game, so something had to give and, in the fourth end, Canada’s Rachel Homan played a raise take-out to score three points and take a 4-1 lead. Canada never looked back from this and emerged as 8-6 winners.

Before they came onto the ice to face each other in this session, Scotland and Sweden shared third spot. In the fifth end of this game, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg played an angle raise take-out to score two points and take a 4-1 lead into the break. However, Scotland’s Eve Muirhead responded with two points of her own in the next end as she used her last stone to hit out a Swedish stone. But these were the last points of the game for the Scots, with Sweden emerging as 7-3 winners to share second place with Switzerland.

USA faced Italy in this session and in the first end, USA opened the scoring when their skip Nina Roth played an angle raise take-out to score two points. The Americans never went behind in this game and finished it off with a score of three points in the ninth end, after which Italy conceded with a final score of 9-4.

The fourth game of this session between hosts China and Germany came down to an extra end and, with the last stone of the game, Germany’s skip Daniella Jentsch just feathered one stone on the way in but still managed to hit out two Chinese stones near the button to score three points from the end and win by 10-7.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 7-3 win over Scotland): “That was a great game. We all played well and we knew it was going to be tough so it was a lot of fun to win that. I think we have one more level to go. We struggled a bit with the heavy draw weight and sometimes we came up light, so there is more we have to do.”

Rachel Homan; skip, Canada (after 8-6 win over Switzerland): “Switzerland are always a really good team, they play well and I’m sure we’ll see them again. We’re always working on things and learning as we go. It’d mean a lot to us (to go all the way and win), but we’re not thinking about that. We ‘re just focusing on the round-robin right now.”

Becca Hamilton; lead, USA (after 9-4 win over Italy): “We’ve had some close ones so it felt good to put that one away. We’ve played a lot of tough opponents so far – and we’d like the chance to play them again – but we feel like we’re playing well and ready to move up in the standings, definitely.”

Daniella Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 10-7 extra end win over China): “Personally, I was just giving my all and it worked out in the end! I was sitting in the hack (for my last shot) and I knew that I didn’t have much time left and I didn’t trust my ice, so I didn’t believe it, I was just wanting to make sure that I hit this stone and not flash it and I touched the other stone. I should have just trusted my ice, but I was lucky and I’m thankful for that.”

Results session eight: Italy 4-9 USA; Canada 8-6 Switzerland; Scotland 3-7 Sweden; Germany 10-7 China


Standings after session eight (W-L):

Canada 5-0
Switzerland 4-1
Sweden 4-1
Czech Republic 3-2
Scotland 3-2
Germany 2-3
Italy 2-3
Korea 2-3
Russia 2-3
USA 2-3
China 1-4
Denmark 0-5

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