Competition for play-off places heightens in North Bay

  • Swtizerland's skip Binia Feltscher © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Sweden recorded their eighth win of the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada, beating Germany by 8-4 in Wednesday morning's 12th round-robin session to stay undefeated at the top of the table and move within touching distance of guaranteeing a play-off slot.

Other winners in this session were Scotland, Switzerland - who keep their play-off hopes alive with this win - and, after an extra end, Korea while Canada, China, Czech Republic, Italy and Russia all sat out this session.

This victory over Germany by Olympic champions Sweden gives them a two-win cushion over Canada at the top of the table, although the Canadians, also unbeaten so far, have played two games less. Sweden got an early lead in this game, and in the seventh end, their skip Anna Hasselborg drew her last stone into the house for two points to take her team's lead to 8-3 on the way to their 8-4 win.

Olympic silver medallists Korea were on the next sheet to Sweden, playing United States. This game went to the last stone of an extra end and when United States skip Jamie Sinclair was heavy with her final draw, Korea won by 9-8.

Scotland recorded their second win so far as they beat Japan by 10-7, scoring two points in the first and third ends to establish an early 4-2 lead, before virtually sealing their win with a score of three points in the eighth end for a 10-5 lead.

Meanwhile, Switzerland beat Denmark by 7-5. A turning point in this game came when, in the sixth end and with Denmark holding a 4-1 lead, Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher hit out a Danish stone to score two points and reduce Denmark's lead to 4-3. Switzerland went on to steal in the next two ends and this victory gave them a third win as they continue to battle for a place among the six play-off qualifiers.

They said it

Hannah Fleming; skip, Scotland (after 10-7 win over Japan): "We just had a really good team effort there, we had a few opportunities to close the game early but had a few slack shots, but we were really consistent in that game, so we're really pleased with that performance.

"This has been a massive learning curve for us. We've really enjoyed every opportunity and really have fought for every game. Unfortunately, we've not got as many wins as we'd like at this stage, but we've still got some games ahead of us and we're going to make sure that we try really hard to get some more wins."

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 8-4 win over Germany):"We played a solid game there. It's always nice to get the hammer and get the two and to be forcing after that. Of course, there isn't the same adrenaline in these games as in an Olympic semi-final for example, so you have to be extra-focused and work extra-hard on the details, and we try to do that. We knew we'd be playing a lot of games coming straight from the Olympics, it's a grind, but we're excited about the grind. I think we're managing the challenge really well - it is a challenge to play well the whole time."

Results after session 12: Switzerland 7-5 Denmark; Sweden 8-4 Germany; United States 8-9 Korea; Scotland 10-7 Japan

Standings after session 12

Sweden 8-0
Canada 6-0
Korea 6-1
Russia 4-2
Czech Republic 4-3
China 3-4
Japan 3-4
United States 3-4
Switzerland 3-5
Italy 2-5
Scotland 2-6
Denmark 1-6
Germany 1-6

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