First wins for Czechs and Switzerland as Canada and Korea join top pack

  • Smiling Czech Republic skip, Anna Kubeskova © WCF / Jeffrey Au

With table-toppers Russia and Olympic champions Sweden among the teams sitting out Sunday (18 March) evening’s fifth session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Korea and hosts Canada took their chances to join them, with each winning to create a four-way tie at the top-of-the-table.

Korea beat Denmark by 7-5, while Canada had a six-end 8-1 win over Germany. In the other two games of this session, Switzerland beat Japan by 7-6 while Czech Republic had a 10-5 victory over China, to both record their first wins so far. Italy, Scotland and United States were the other three teams that sat out this session.

In the fourth end of the game between Korea and Denmark, the Danish skip Angelina Jensen hit out a Korean stone to score three points and take a 3-1 lead. However, in the seventh end Korea took the lead again when their skip EunJung Kim drew her final stone of the end into position to score three points and take a 5-4 lead on the way to a 7-5 win.

The key shot in the game between Canada and Germany came in the fifth end when Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones played a delicate tap-up split at the front of the house to slip both of her stones into the house and score four points from the end, for a 6-1 lead. There was no way back for Germany after this and Canada went on to win by 8-1 in just six ends.

In the sixth end of the game between Switzerland and Japan, Swiss skip Binia Feltscher drew her stone into the house to score two points and take a 6-4 lead. The Swiss then went on to record their first victory so far, by 7-6.

In the fourth game of the session, China played Czech Republic. In the sixth end, Czech skip Anna Kubeskova drew her final stone through a small gap and into a very busy house for four points. Remarkably, when Kubeskova’s last stone came to rest, all 16 stones of the end were still in play. This was a first win – by 10-5 - for Czech Republic.

They said it

Binia Feltscher; skip, Switzerland (after 7-6 win over Japan): “It’s great to be back on the winning side and now we’re going to go for it. Now we will go shot-by-shot in every game and try our best.”

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 10-5 win over China): “We got that four on the scoreboard which was great for us. But, we knew from the first game today that it wasn’t the end of the game and we needed to play to the very end of the game. That’s a relief because if you lose many games in a row you feel you might not get rewarded but finally we have the win and we feel more calm and more comfortable.

Session five results: Japan 6-7 Switzerland; Germany 1-8 Canada; Denmark 5-7 Korea; Czech Republic 10-5 China

Standings after session five

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

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