Russia back to winning ways while Canada stay unbeaten

  • Russia's Galina Arsenkina and Julia Portunova sweep during their match against Czech Republic © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Canada kept their unbeaten record alive with an 8-4 win over Korea in Wednesday afternoon's 13th round-robin session at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada.

Other winners in this session were United States over China, Denmark, who beat Italy with the last stone of the game and Russia who beat Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Germany, Japan, Scotland, table-toppers Sweden and Switzerland all sat out the session.

In the fourth end of the game against Olympic silver medallists Korea, Canada's skip Jennifer Jones played an angle raise shot to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. Canada went on to take steals in both the eighth and ninth ends to seal their 8-4 victory. This was Canada's seventh win so far and they now sit in second place on the table behind Olympic champions Sweden, who have played one more game. Despite this result, Korea remain in third place, while their 9-5 win over Czech Republic keeps Russia in a clear fourth place, on five wins.

United States carved out single point steals in the fifth and sixth ends of their game against China as they won by 8-4 and this win, along with the Czechs' loss means that these two teams share fifth place on the table, one win ahead of Japan, China and Switzerland, with, eventually, the top six teams going through to the play-offs.

In the fourth game of this session, a last stone raise take-out by Denmark's skip Angelica Jensen gave her team their second win of the event so far, by 9-5 over Italy. Both these teams now share tenth place with Scotland.

They said it

Jamie Sinclair; skip, United States (after 8-4 win over China): "We had a disappointing loss earlier, but we had a little bit of time in between so we were able to recuperate and park those emotions for now. We moved on quite quickly to the next game. This game was huge, not only for the standings but for morale in the team. Obviously, any win that we can get is a little boost to confidence and a little bit of momentum going into the last couple of round-robin games."

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 9-5 win over Czech Republic): "That was really good, we played a good game yesterday and we thought that need to continue the same. When we were up we decided that we needed to stay more focussed than before, and it worked.

"We still have top teams - Korea, Canada and Sweden - to play, so tough games so, we 're just preparing for those games and then we'll see. It really feels long in the round-robin, but I think we're in good shape and ready for it."

Jennifer Jones; skip, Canada (after 8-4 win over Korea): "I thought we struggled a little bit with draw weight, but I think we finished strong. We just made some big shots when we had to, and it really changed the game. Anytime you get to play on arena ice in front of this amazing crowd you get excited, it doesn't matter who we're playing. I can't even believe our afternoons are like this - this is unbelievable. One of the best events we've ever been at."

Results after session 13: United States 8-4 China; Canada 8-4 Korea; Italy 7-8 Denmark; Russia 9-5 Czech Republic

Standings after session 13

Sweden 8-0
Canada 7-0
Korea 6-2
Russia 5-2
Czech Republic 4-4
United States 4-4
Japan 3-4
China 3-5
Switzerland 3-5
Denmark 2-6
Italy 2-6
Scotland 2-6
Germany 1-6

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