First win for Denmark as Canada stay undefeated

  • Denmark's second Camilla Jensen © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Canada beat China by 9-5 in Monday (19 March) afternoon’s seventh round-robin session at the Ford World Women’s Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada to join Sweden, who sat out this session, at the top of the rankings, on four wins.

In the same session, Denmark had an extra end 6-5 win over Germany to record their first victory so far.

The other winners in this session were Czech Republic, who beat Scotland by 11-4 in just seven ends and Japan, who had a 7-6 win over United States.

In the third end of the China versus Canada game, with the scores at 1-1, China’s skip Yilun Jiang hit out a Canadian stone to score two points and take a 3-1 lead. Canada brought themselves back into the game and the lead with a steal of three points in the sixth end for 5-3 and eventually, with China under real timeclock pressure, Canada stole two more points in the tenth end for their 9-5 win.

The game between Denmark and Germany was tight all the way, with the lead changing hands five times. It went to an extra end and when Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch was just inaccurate with her last draw, Denmark stole the one point that gave them their first win, by 6-5.

Czech Republic got off to a strong start in their game against Scotland when their skip Anna Kubeskova drew her last stone of the first end into the house to open the scoring with four points. The Scots could not respond to this and lost by 4-11 in just seven ends, leaving them and Germany as the two teams still looking for a win.

The game between Japan and United States came down to Japan skip Tori Koana drawing her last stone of the tenth end onto the button for one point and a 7-6 win.

They said it

Angelina Jensen; skip, Denmark (after 6-5 extra end win over Germany): “It was a very big win and we are extremely happy right now. I think we had to get used to the ice – there’s a lot of curl in this ice and we aren’t very used to that. So, we needed a few games to get on track. For us, it’s a big thing to come here and it’s always a little bit tough at the beginning but hopefully we can keep doing what we are doing now!”

Tori Koana: skip, Japan (after 7-6 win over United States): “I was confident, [throwing the draw to win] I thought I was a bit heavy, but it was okay. Getting four in the third end was the key. We still have some things we need to fix and focus on, but we are happy.”

Dawn McEwan; lead, Canada (after 9-5 win over China): “We didn’t quite get our rocks in the right spots at the start of the game and we were chasing it. They played very well, I think they only missed one shot in that first half. So, we put some pressure on them and got some draws in good spots and then that steal of three happened, so we just stayed patient and it worked out for us.”

Session seven results: Denmark 6-5 Germany; Scotland 4-11 Czech Republic; Canada 9-5 China; Japan 7-6 United States

Standings after session seven

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

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