Wins for Korea, Russia and Sweden creates top-of-the-table tie

  • Korea's skip EunJung Kim © WCF / Michael Burns

Sunday (18 March) morning’s third session of round-robin play at the Ford World Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada saw both the Olympic gold and silver medal teams, Sweden and Korea, produce solid victories to join Canada – who sat out this session – and Russia in a four-way tie at the top of the rankings.

Sweden beat China by 10-3 in seven ends, while Korea had an 8-5 win over Czech Republic. Russia also won in this session, beating United States by 8-5 while, after an extra end Italy beat Scotland by 7-6 with three successive single point steals. As well as Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Switzerland were not in action in this session.

In game between Sweden and China, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg played a hit on a Chinese stone already in the house in the seventh end to score five points from the end and take a 10-3 lead. At this, China conceded.

In the game between Korea and the Czechs, Korea held a 3-1 lead at the break, but, in the seventh end, Czech Republic skip Anna Kubeskova brought her team right back into the game with a draw for four points to take the lead for the first time, at 5-3. Korea responded with a single point in the eighth end and a steal of four points in the ninth end after a well-swept draw by skip Kim. Czech Republic then conceded in the tenth end, giving Korea an 8-5 win.

Scotland faced Italy in this session with both teams still looking for their first win. This game went down to an extra end when a second successive single point steal gave Italy their first win, at 7-6. In the fourth game of this session Russia faced United States and Russia won by 8-5 to join the four-way tie at the top-of-the-table.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 10-3 win over China): “I think we will stay in the moment and focus on the details – that is where we want to be. It’s very important to realise that when a game is done. Then you have to re-charge and just don’t spend any energy on stupid stuff. It’s a challenge to come to the worlds and do well, but the team is playing great and that is where we want to be.”

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 7-6 extra end win over Scotland): “We’re happy that we have this first win on the second day. It’s good for us because we know that it’s going to be a tough week. We know of course that we are not a top team and we need those wins to have our mood up. At the end the draw weight was really changing, so both teams were struggling. Maybe the team that understood the weight first won. Last year we won three games, so we would like to win more, four or five is our goal.”

Victoria Moiseeva; skip, Russia (after 8-5 win over United States): “That was a good game. We started really well but then we had some troubles in the middle of the game. But, then we had it all under control. We knew we had hammer and were up by one in the last end, so it was pretty comfortable.”

Session three results: Korea 8-5 Czech Republic; Sweden 10-3 China; Italy 7-6 Scotland; United States 5-8 Russia

Standings after session three

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

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