Japan defeat hosts to remain in second place

Japan celebrate their win over China © WCF / Stephen Fisher

Japan women maintained their second-place position after Monday morning’s seventh round-robin session against China, while United States played Korea and Canada faced ROC.

China versus Japan

Japan very much controlled their game against China, as they led the scoring 7-1 after five ends.

In the seventh end, already sitting one shot stone at the back of the button, with a Chinese stone biting the top of the button, Japan’s Fujisawa Satsuki made a precise draw to the pin for two points and a 9-2 lead.

Japan continued their strong play, with a steal in the eighth end for a 10-2 final score and a record of four wins and one loss so far.

Japan’s third player Yoshida Chinami said, “Actually we didn’t expect this game to be like that. We feel like we have to focus more on the ice reading, the weight control, something like that. Then, finally, we scored lots of points, so that’s why I’m so happy.

“We haven’t counted our wins and losses, our goal is to stay in the moment and enjoy one game each. So maybe at the end of the round robin we’ll be thinking about the ranking or something like that, right now we don’t care about the ranking.”

Canada versus ROC

Canada opened the game with two and took a 4-0 lead after the second end when ROC skip Alina Kovaleva missed a draw.

The Canadians continued their offence, making an open draw to the eight-foot for two points in the sixth end, for a big 8-3 advantage.

Canada got forced to a single in the eighth end, with a draw to the eight-foot against two ROC counters to go up, 9-5.

Facing two Canadian stones on the four-foot, Kovaleva had an angle tap against two in the ninth end, but over-curled and gave up a steal of two where they conceded the game, 11-5.

After the win, Canada’s second Jocelyn Peterman said, “We’ve been fairly happy with how we’re playing. So we just wanted to come out and have a strong game again today and I think we did that. We had a really strong start and that was the goal. So we were really happy with how those first few ends went.

“I think Jen did a great job reading the ice. The rocks were done last night and she had a great feel for where to put the broom that made our shots really easy.”

Team Canada © WCF / Stephen Fisher

United States versus Korea

With the game level 2-2 at the break, Korea made a nose hit for two points in the seventh end to make the score 4-5 for the Americans.

With one shot stone on the button, United States’ skip Tabitha Peterson had a draw to the four-foot for two, which she made to go up 7-4 after eight.

In the ninth end, Korea’s Kim EunJung executed a hit for two points to close their gap, 6-7. But, in the tenth end, Peterson made a nose hit to win the game, 8-6 and improve their overall record to four wins and two losses.

United States’ Nina Roth after their win over Korea © WCF / Stephen Fisher

Women’s Session Seven results: China 2-10 Japan; Canada 11-5 ROC; United States 8-6 Korea

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14 February 2022