Saturday 18 March 2017
Canada moved to the top of the rankings with their second win so far in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017, on Saturday (18 March) evening in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China.
They beat Germany 6-2 in the second round-robin session, helped by scoring two points in the first end. In the fourth end Canada’s skip Rachel Homan raised one of her own stones into a scoring position, taking out a German stone and scoring one point for a 3-1 lead. They concluded the game with single-point steals in both the eighth and ninth ends.
USA were also playing their second game so far and they recorded their first victory. They won 10-8 over Sweden. Sweden had won their earlier game and in the second end their skip Anna Hasselborg drew her last stone into the house, scoring three points and taking an early 3-1 lead.
But, USA responded and, in the fifth end, their skip Nina Roth hit out a Swedish stone to score three points and take a 7-4 lead. USA then went on to win by 10-8.
Four teams were making their first appearance so far, including Denmark and Czech Republic, who faced each other.
In this game, Czech Republic built on their early good play when, in the sixth end, their skip Anna Kubeskova drew her last stone into the house for one point and a 4-2 lead. Another fine draw by Kubeskova in the eighth end also produced two points and moved the Czechs onto a 6-3 lead, before going on to win, 6-5.
Korea and Russia were also making their first appearances of the event in this session and it was Russia who took the early advantage when their skip Anna Sidorova hit out a Korean stone in the second end to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. In the ninth end, Korea’s skip EunJung Kim played a raise take-out to score two points and reduce Russia’s lead to 7-6. However, the Russians held on after this to win 9-6 after ten ends.
They said it
Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 6-5 win over Denmark): “That was very important. We made the crucial shots and the twos were what made the difference. We played well all the way through that game although there was one end where we were worried about our opponents. What we need to take away from this win is that, if we play well, we can beat any team here.”
Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 9-6 win over Korea): “We are pleased to start with a win. This has been a difficult season for our team – we did not qualify for the Europeans earlier this season, so it is good to be back at the world championship, and good to be winning.”
Results session two: Denmark 5-6 Czech Republic; Germany 2-6 Canada; Korea 6-9 Russia; Sweden 8-10 USA
Standings after session two (W-L):
Czech Republic 1-0
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