China’s Bingyu Wang beat Denmark’s Lene Nielsen by 10-9 to win bronze at the Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark on Sunday morning.
This hard-fought game went all the way to an extra end after Nielsen dragged the Danes back into the game by scoring three in the eighth end to tie the game at 7-7, prompting the huge home crowd to raise the roof with their cheers.
China scored two in the ninth and then a Chinese miss in the tenth allowed Denmark back in to score the two points that put the game into an extra end.
Try as they did, the Danes could not find a way to counter China’s extra end advantage in the extra end, and eventually Wang had a draw into an empty house for the one point that sealed her win.
Afterwards, a delighted Wang said, “that is really good. We lost the semi-final and we’re so happy for this team to win a bronze medal”. Asked what she was thinking as she prepared for her final draw-shot for victory, she said, “I don’t know about thinking too much, it makes me nervous, so I just relaxed and was thinking about the weight of the rock”.
Denmark’s Lene Nielsen has been a home-crowd pleaser all week, and she said, “we can take a lot of confidence away from this event. We have just proved that we belong with the world’s top teams”.
Standings after Bronze
3. China 9-5
4. Denmark 7-6
5. Switzerland 7-5
6. Russia 6-5
7. USA 6-5
8. Germany 5-6
9. Scotland 4-7
10. Norway 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Czech Republic 2-9
Bronze: China 10, Denmark 9.
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