Hosts Canada beat Olympic bronze medallists Sweden, by 10-8, to give their play-off hopes a major boost in Wednesday morning’s twelfth round-robin session of the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Curling Championship 2022.
The other winners in this session were Denmark, with an extra end 8-7 victory over previously unbeaten Korea; United States, who beat Turkey by 12-5; and round-robin leaders Switzerland, who beat Czech Republic in 10-3.
Canada versus Sweden
Canada opened with a score of three in the first end of their game against Sweden then, in the fifth end, with their lead standing at 5-2, Canada’s skip Kerri Einarson played a double take-out of Swedish stones to score three again and increase her team’s lead to 8-2.
Sweden responded in the sixth end when their skip Anna Hasselborg pushed her own stone into scoring position off a Canadian winger, taking three points from the end to reduce Canada’s lead to 8-5.
However, Canada then went on to complete their important victory, emerging as 10-8 winners.
Afterwards, Canada’s Einarson said, “That was a good win. We played really strong in the first half and then struggled a little bit, but we held on.”
And, reflecting on the support from a large, enthusiastic home crowd, she added, “It’s a dream come true to be able to play in front of all your family, friends and fans, it’s absolutely special.”
Korea versus Denmark
In the game between Denmark and Korea, the teams swapped scores of two in the first half to go into the break tied at 4-4.
The game remained tight and eventually went to an extra end with the score tied at 7-7 after the tenth.
The teams played out that extra end and still couldn’t be separated with confidence, and it was only after an umpire’s measure that it was confirmed that Denmark had stolen one point for an 8-7 win.
This was a third successive extra end win for the Danes, who celebrated in fine style.
Switzerland versus Czech Republic
Table-toppers Switzerland consolidated their position with a 10-3 win over Czech Republic.
In the third end, with the score tied at 1-1, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz played a draw into the house to score three points and move onto a 4-1 lead.
In the next end, Czech Republic’s skip Alzbeta Baudysova was facing four Swiss counters when she successfully played an angle raise, to score one point and reduce Switzerland’s lead to 4-2.
After this Switzerland scored two points in the fifth end and stole two more in the sixth to build an 8-2 lead on the way to their seventh successive victory, at 10-3.
After this game, Switzerland skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “I felt they were always in trouble, and that’s because our front end were playing so well.”
“If we keep playing like this, I’m not worried…,” she said with a smile.
United States versus Turkey
In the fourth game of this session, United States faced Turkey.
Turkey opened the scoring with one point in the first end
In the second, United States skip Cory Christensen played a straightforward draw for three points and a 3-1 lead.
The Americans held a 5-3 lead at the fifth-end break and then, in the sixth, Turkey levelled the score when their skip Dilsat Yildiz tapped out an American stone and kept her own in position to score two points, for 5-5.
After this, the Americans scored three in the seventh end and stole four in the eighth to complete a 12-5 win that puts them in joint fourth place on the table.
After this win, United States’ Christensen said, “We’re gaining momentum in every single game and we’re getting more comfortable with the ice. We’re making a lot of good shots, so I’m proud of the girls. We’ve got some tough games coming up, and if we can keep it going, we’ve got a really great shot at the play-offs.”
She was also full of praise for her Turkey opponents, who are making their debut at this level and are still looking for their first win. She said, “Turkey are a really great team, and I don’t think their record reflects how great a team they are, a couple of shots here and there and it would have been a different scoreboard.”
Session 12 results: Switzerland 10-3 Czech Republic; Korea 7-8 Denmark; United States 12-5 Turkey; Canada 10-8 Sweden.
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