Russia post a win as Sweden become only unbeaten team

  • Russia's lead Nkeiruka Ezekh Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Sweden are now the only unbeaten women’s team in the A-Division at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2017, in St Gallen, Switzerland. They beat the hosts, Switzerland in a closely fought game, which ended 8-6 on Monday (20 November) night.

In the fourth end, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg drew to the button to score one point to level the scores 2-2. Then in the tenth end, with two counting stones and a well-guarded house Switzerland were unable to remove the Swedish stones, allowing Hasselborg to draw and take three points for the win.

Czech Republic won their game against Turkey 8-7 after an extra end. Skip Anna Kubeskova’s team scored single points in each of the ninth, tenth and extra ends to seal the win.

Russia, went into the fifth session of women’s round-robin games without a win so far, and faced Denmark. In the fifth end, Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova scored six points to give her team a 12-1 lead, ensuring Russia’s first win. The game ended 12-2

Scotland went head-to-head with Germany in this session. In the sixth end Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead made a hit for one point and a 7-2 lead. Then, with her final stone in the tenth end, Muirhead executed a double take-out to run the Germans out of stones and secure the win at 8-5.

In the final game of the session Italy beat Hungary 8-5.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Germany v Denmark women at 14:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Tuesday (21 November) afternoon.

They said it

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 12-2 win over Denmark): “We really needed it [the win]. Now we have it. The event is not over yet. We are a very good team and we can play great games. But, it is always tough to lose our games – they have all been close and we had our chances but we didn’t execute at the key moment. We have to win the rest of the games now and hope there is still a chance for us. This game was really confidence from my team – this is how we play. From now on we will keep this level”

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 8-5 win over Germany): “We have got some momentum going forward now. That was a solid win against Germany there. We were 6-0 up and they needed to claw back and they did. They had seven ends to get back, so to keep a lead for that long is hard, but we managed and did well. When you can get off to a good start you can put the pressure on your opponent from the word go.”

Women’s session five results: Sweden 8-6 Switzerland; Turkey 7-8 Czech Republic; Italy 8-5 Hungary; Denmark 2-12 Russia; Germany 5-8 Scotland

Standings after women’s session five (W-L):

Sweden 5-0
Italy 4-1
Scotland 4-1
Switzerland 4-1
Czech Republic 2-3
Hungary 2-3
Turkey 2-3
Denmark 1-4
Russia 1-4
Germany 0-5

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