Sweden and Russia stay undefeated in North Bay, Canada

  • Team Russia celebrate third win © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Olympic champions, Sweden and Russia moved into joint top spot on the rankings, as each recorded their third wins so far in Sunday (18 March) afternoon's fourth round-robin session at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2018 in North Bay, Canada.

Sweden beat Italy by 9-1 in just seven ends, while Russia beat Switzerland by 8-4. Other winners in this session were United States who beat Scotland by 8-6 and Japan, with a 9-2 defeat of Denmark.

In their game against Italy, Sweden opened the scoring in the second end when their skip Anna Hasselborg drew her last stone into the house to score one point. Later, in the seventh end and with the score already at 8-1 in the Swedes' favour, Hasselborg played a double take-out to score one more point. After this, Italy conceded, with a final score of 9-1 to Sweden.

Russia took an early lead against Switzerland when their skip Victoria Moiseeva hit out a Swiss stone in the second end to score five points for a 5-1 lead, on the way to an 8-4 win.

Denmark, still looking for their first win, faced Japan and, after going into the fifth-end break down by 5-0, their skip Angelina Jensen played a draw into the house to score two points and reduce Japan's lead to 5-2. However, Japan went on to win by 9-2.

In the fourth game of this session, Scotland faced United States and in the fifth end, with the score at 3-2 to Scotland, the American skip Jamie Sinclair drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take a 5-3 lead. Scotland then drew level at 6-6 with two points in the ninth end, but in the tenth end, Scotland's skip Hannah Fleming was too light with her final draw, handing United States two points from the end and an 8-6 win.

As well as putting unbeaten Russia and Sweden into top spot, these results leave Switzerland and Scotland at the bottom, both still looking for their first wins after three games.

They said it

JD Lind; coach, Japan (after 9-2 win over Denmark): "For us we're not necessary worried too much about the record at the end of the week, this is a really young team - first time at this event. For me, I just like to make sure they're ready to perform well every game. There's a lot of tough teams here so if we can have every game be close and give themselves a chance to win the game, then that's more our goal then our record."

Jamie Sinclair; skip, United States (after 8-6 win over Scotland): "It was a really good battle, back and forth. I think patience was what got us through that game. It's a lot louder in here than we're used to, so we've had to adapt and come up with some hand signals. But, we're really enjoying the atmosphere. It's exciting to be here with a bunch of first timers, Scotland for example, it's kind of fun and unique in that way."

Session four results: Scotland 6-8 United States; Japan 9-2 Denmark; Russia 8-4 Switzerland; Italy 1-9 Sweden

Standings after session four

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

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