Canada beat Olympic champions and become only unbeaten team

  • Canada in action in North Bay © WCF / Michael Burns

Canada handed Olympic champions Sweden their first defeat to replace them at the top of the standings in Wednesday evening’s 14th round-robin session of the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada.

This result leaves the hosts, Canada as the only undefeated team in the event. Other winners in this session were Russia, over Germany, Japan, who beat Italy and Scotland, who had a last-stone win over China.

In the sixth end of the top-of-the-table clash between Sweden and Canada, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg drew her last stone just inside a Canadian stone already in the house to score two points from the end and reduce Canada’s lead to 5-3. But, in the next end, Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones hit out a Swedish stone to score three points and re-build her lead, at 8-3. Canada went on to win by 8-4.

In the game between Russia and Germany, the Russians sealed their victory with a score of four points in the ninth end. After this, Germany ran out of stones as Russia won by 6-2. In their game, Japan resisted a second-half charge by Italy, which saw the Italians score single-point steals in both the eighth and ninth ends, to win by 8-6.

The game between Scotland and China came down to a last stone draw to the button by Scotland’s skip Hannah Fleming as the Scots won by 8-7.

These results mean that Korea and Russia now share third place behind leaders Canada and second-placed Sweden, while Czech Republic, Japan and United States all share fifth place.

Switzerland, in eighth place, and joint-ninth China and Scotland all have three wins, while Denmark and Italy sit on two wins. Germany remain rooted at the bottom of the table.

They said it

Jennifer Jones; skip, Canada (after 8-4 win over Sweden): “Playing against the reigning Olympic gold medallists, we knew that we were going to have to play our best – I don’t know if it was quite our best, but we played well from start to finish. We made some big shots when we had to, to take control of the game. It’s all about the big shots and we’re just getting by those guards with great sweeping.”

J.D. Lind; coach, Japan (after 8-6 win over Italy): “That was a really crucial game for us to play well in. We got off to a good start and maybe struggled a little bit coming home, but they kept their composure well enough to finish it off. The game is never over until it’s over. I think after we got the lead, we actually got a little bit nervous and missed a few simple shots that we normally wouldn’t.”

Results after session 14: Russia 6-2 Germany; Japan 8-6 Italy; China 7-8 Scotland; Sweden 4-8 Canada

Standings after session 14

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

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