Sweden win Olympic final rematch in North Bay

  • Sweden in action on Monday night © WCF / Michael Burns

Monday (19 March) evening’s eighth session of round-robin play in the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada saw a re-match of the recent Olympic final, with gold medallists Sweden once again taking on silver medallists Korea.

Sweden found themselves 5-0 up after three ends, through steals of three points in the opening end and two points in the third, on the way to a 9-7 victory.

Other winners were Switzerland, whose score of four points in the seventh end for a 10-2 lead was enough to persuade their opponents Scotland to concede; China, whose skip Yilun Jiang drew her last stone of the tenth end into the house to score four points for an 8-7 win and Czech Republic, who beat Italy by 11-7 with a score of four points in an extra end.

Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, and United States all sat out the session and these results mean that Sweden go back into top spot on the rankings on their own, on five wins and no losses.

Canada – now the only other unbeaten team – are in second place with four wins, having played one game less than Sweden. Japan and Korea share third place, with Czech Republic and Russia sharing fifth place. Four teams are tied in seventh place – China, Italy, Switzerland, and United States, while Denmark, on one win and three losses, are 11th. Germany, who are still to win a game and have four losses, sit in 12th, one place ahead of bottom team Scotland, who have no wins and five losses.

They said it

Yilun Jiang; skip, China (after 8-7win over Russia): “I think our fortune and luck played a part in the game. In the second half of the game we held on and our opponent gave us the chance to win.”

Irene Schori; third, Switzerland (after 10-2 win over Scotland): “We played quite well and had a few good shots, but they had some bad luck, I think. Hannah [Fleming] throws it very well but was just missing and we could count big scores. If we play like that now we will hopefully win some more games and right now we feel that we’re still in this competition.”

Session eight results: China 8-7 Russia; Korea 7-9 Sweden; Czech Republic 11-7 Italy; Scotland 2-10 Switzerland

Standings after session eight

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

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