Sunday 19 March 2017
Wins for Canada and Czech Republic, in the fourth session of play at the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017, keeps them both on 100% records so far.
Canada lead the standings after their 10-9, extra end, win over Russia, with three wins from three. Czech Republic won against USA, 7-3, to join Switzerland in second place in the standings, with two wins each.
Also, Sweden beat close neighbours Denmark, 7-4, while Germany won their first game – from three – on Sunday (19 March) afternoon in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China.
Germany defeated Korea, who were also in pursuit of a first victory. In the third end of the game Korea’s skip EunJung Kim hit for two points and levelled the scores, 2-2. However, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch delivered a double take-out, in the seventh end, that gave her team two points and a 7-4 lead. Germany were then able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game and win 10-6.
In the seventh and tenth ends in their game against Canada, Russia managed to level the scores at 7-7, then 9-9. However, in the extra end Canada’s skip Rachel Homan threw a double raise take-out, which handed her team the one point needed to win 10-9.
Czech Republic’s win over USA was helped largely by a hit for three points in the fourth end, which gave them a 4-2 lead, on the way to a 7-3 win.
Between Sweden and Denmark, the game remained scoreless until the third end when Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg made a hit for one point. Then, in the seventh end, with the scores level at 2-2, Hasselborg made another hit, which gave her team three points and a 5-2 lead. Sweden retained the lead for the rest of the game and won 7-4.
They said it
Emma Miskew; third, Canada (after 10-9 extra end win over Russia): “It was kind of familiar [our skip’s final shot] — a similar shot to what we needed to win the Scotties. We’re still getting used to the ice, so it was a little bit of a guess in terms of where to put the broom and how to throw it, but she made a great shot. We’re going to have some tough battles going forward, so it’s nice to be three-and-0.”
Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 7-3 win over USA): “We felt comfortable after yesterday’s game and we hoped to start again with the same feeling. But, maybe less nervous because yesterday was the first game. Definitely yes [we were more confident after the three point end], but we had to remain cautious and we tried to keep our distance [on the scoreboard]. USA are really tough opponents and they played really well. So, we were cautious of their experience.”
Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 7-4 win over Denmark): “It feels like we had a rough game last night, but, today we are back playing good curling. It feels really good, we had a solid game throughout. [After last night] we prepared to control the ice conditions better and how it curls.”
Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 10-6 win over Korea): “We started off with two losses yesterday and we really came out today to win. Because we felt it was time to bring our first win on the board – especially when we want to qualify for the Olympics here. So we are relieved. We still have a lot of games coming so this just builds the confidence for us.”
Results session four: Canada 10-9 Russia; USA 3-7 Czech Republic; Sweden 7-4 Denmark; Korea 6-10 Germany
Standings after session four (W-L):
Czech Republic 2-0
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