Sweden go top and Germany record first win at round-robin halfway point

  • Germany's lead Analena Jentsch © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Tuesday (20 March) afternoon’s tenth session marked the halfway point in the round-robin stage of the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada and Sweden’s 8-6 win over Czech Republic restored the Olympic champions to top spot on the rankings with what was their sixth win.

Also, in this session, Germany posted their first win so far, with a 10-7 extra end victory over Italy.

Other winners in this session were Russia over Japan, while United States beat Switzerland.

In the eighth end of the game between Sweden and Czech Republic, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg hit out a Czech stone to score two points and move into an 8-4 lead. When the Czechs could only score two points in the ninth end, Sweden’s 8-6 win restored them to being alone at the top of the rankings on six wins and no losses.

The game between Germany and Italy went all the way to an extra end and with the last stone of the game, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch hit out an Italian stone in the house, to score three points. This handed her team a 10-7 win – their first so far.

Japan faced Russia in this session with both sharing fourth place on the rankings. In the eighth end, Russia’s skip Victoria Moiseeva drew her final stone into the house to score two points and take a 7-3 lead. Russia then went on to win by 7-4.

United States faced Switzerland in this session and it was United States who won, by 7-5.
Sweden now stand at the top of the rankings with Canada – the only other unbeaten team – right behind them on one win less but having played one game less. Korea are third while Russia sit in fourth place. Behind them, four teams are tied in fifth – China, Czech Republic, Japan, and United States, while Germany’s win means that all teams now have at least one victory under their belts.

They said it

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 7-4 win over Japan): “It was really hard yesterday. We were pretty mad with ourselves to let yesterday’s defeat happen. It was important to us to win this game – not only to win but to feel the confidence coming back. Today, we talked and discussed more than we usually do and that helped to get us the win.”

Jamie Sinclair; skip United States (after 7-5 win over Switzerland): “Today wasn’t ideal but we had some close games where we battled back yesterday, so we definitely had some momentum coming into today. We played well, we definitely controlled the whole game, so we’re just feeling really confident and happy to get another win under our belts.”

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 10-7 win over Italy): “It was about time! We’re happy it finally worked out, so now we can keep building on that. We had a tough loss against Japan and in the other ones we gave up big ends, so that cost us all the games so far. But, we are improving.”

Session ten results: Czech Republic 6-8 Sweden; United States 7-5 Switzerland; Japan 4-7 Russia; Germany 10-7 Italy

Standings after session nine

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

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