Italy and Sweden capitalise in opening session of day three

  • Italy's third Stefania Constantini and skip Diana Gaspari set up a shot © WCF / Jeffrey Au

There were only two games in Monday (19 March) morning’s sixth session of round-robin play, with Olympic champions Sweden playing United States and Russia facing Italy.

Before this session, Sweden and Russia shared the lead with Canada and Korea and, with these two teams among those sitting out the session, Sweden took full advantage with a 6-4 win over the Americans to move into a clear lead, undefeated on four wins, while Russia slipped to fourth place overall through a 5-6 loss to Italy.

Sweden had built up a 4-2 lead in their game against United States when, in the seventh end their skip Anna Hasselborg delivered a raise take-out of a United States stone to score one point and move onto a 5-2 lead. In the eighth end, American skip Jamie Sinclair hit out a Swedish stone to score two points from the end to reduce the Sweden lead to 5-4. Sweden then scored one more point in the ninth end and went on to win by 6-4. While Sweden now top the table, the United States are now in joint sixth place with Italy.

In the third end of the game between Italy and Russia, with the Italians already one point up, Russia’s skip Victoria Moiseeva drew her stone into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

Russia had moved their lead onto 4-1 when, in the fifth end Italy’s skip Diana Gaspari hit out a Russia stone and kept her own stone in position to score four points and re-take the lead, at 5-4. Then, in the tenth end Gaspari played a take-out on a Russian stone leaving another one of her own stones to count for one to win the game 6-5.

This was a second win for Italy as they join United Sates in sixth place.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 6-4 win over the United States): “They put a lot of pressure on us, even though we were four up. We struggled a bit, but we kept working as a team so we’re very happy with the win. It’d be a dream to win the Worlds as well as the Olympics in one year. We try to think that every game is the same – that’s the key to our success this year.”

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 6-5 win over Russia): “We were a little lucky there but we’re happy to have a second win in four games. For us it’s a fight in every game. We know we are a middle ranking team, so we could easily lose all the games! We’re happy with every win. I was a bit shaky in that last end, especially with that last take-out because the ice is really sensitive to releases. If you close it, it curls a lot if you open it, it goes straight, so you really need to concentrate on technique.”

Session six results: Italy 6-5 Russia; Sweden 6-4 United States

Standings after session six

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

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