There is a clear split between the teams in the women’s standings at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 in Shenzhen, China, on Tuesday afternoon, after five sessions of round-robin play.
China, Japan and Korea clearly share joint top place with four wins and one loss each. As time goes on their places in the play-offs become more likely. However, below that four teams share joint fourth place – of which only one could progress to the play-offs, if the three leaders can’t be caught.
Those teams are Australia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei, with two wins and three losses each.
Contention for semi-finals
Australia joined this cluster on Tuesday afternoon beating Kazakhstan, 12-4. However, it was Kazakhstan who opened the scoring with points in the first and second ends, for a 3-0 lead. After that though, Lauren Wagner and her team took control of the game. First, they scored two points in the third end. This was followed by a two-point steal, four-point steal and three-point steal in the subsequent ends. At the break, Australia were ahead, 8-3, before going on to win 12-4.
Following the game, Wagner said, “We kind of struggled a bit in the early ends, so it’s good that all the girls and myself were able to throw the shots and win. I think probably in the fourth end we picked things up and started making shots the way that we wanted to.”
China’s game followed a similar flow. First Chinese Taipei scored and then Yu Han’s team scored in all of the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth ends. The teams shook hands after that, at 10-1.
Japan win big
Japan, followed in the footsteps of their men’s team earlier in the day, who beat Nigeria 21-0, by beating Qatar women by the same scoreline.
Finally, Korea won against Hong Kong. Korea established their victory through one point scores in all of the third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth ends.
There is just two more sessions of women’s round-robin games to determine the four semi-finalists.
Results session five: China 10-1 Chinese Taipei; Hong Kong 1-9 Korea; Japan 21-0 Qatar; Kazakhstan 4-12 Australia
Standings after session five
Hong Kong 2-3
Chinese Taipei 2-3