Olympic champions defeat European champions in the opening session of day two

  • Olympic champions Sweden in action in session two © WCF / Richard Gray

Olympic champions Sweden came out on top when they faced defending European champions Scotland in Sunday morning’s second session of women’s round-robin play at the Le Gruyère AOP European Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia.

This was a re-run of last year’s final and in the sixth end, Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg played a controlled-weight hit to score three points and move into a 6-2 lead.

Later, in the ninth end, Hasselborg played another hit to score four points and take a 10-4 lead, at which point Scotland conceded. Afterwards, Hasselborg said, “it could have gone either way, I think. It was a tight game, as always when you play this team. I just think we played a little bit better on each position. And they had to gamble a little bit.”

Switzerland beat Czech Republic by 8-5 to join Sweden at the top of the table. In the third end Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz drew her second stone into the house to score three points and take a 4-1 lead. Another well-judged draw by Paetz gave Switzerland two more points in the eighth end for an 8-4 lead on the way to the 8-5 win.

Following their 11-4 win over Italy in this session, Russia are the third team to remain undefeated so far and complete the three-way tie at the top of the table. In the ninth end Russia’s skip Alina Kovaleva drew her second stone into the house to score three points for 11-4. Italy then conceded.

Elsewhere, Latvia beat Denmark by 8-6 to record their first win. In the tenth end of this game, Latvia’s skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune took out the one Danish stone that she needed to seal an 8-6 win. Afterwards she said, “that’s the first win. We felt better on the ice today – the first half was a little stressful but in the second half we just had steal, steal, steal and we kept going, kept focussed, and we did it.”

In the fifth game of the session Germany also recorded their first win, beating Finland by 7-5. This game came down to the last stone of the tenth end. With the score tied at 5-5, Germany’s skip Daniella Jentsch [pictured below © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik] played a weighted double take-out to score two and take her team’s 7-5 victory.

After this game, Jentsch said, “that was definitely worth the wake-up call this morning! When I threw my last shot I felt a little bit nervous, I had many thoughts in my mind. I think always for the first win, you’re a little bit nervous, but that’s us on the way now and it’s starting to roll.”

Session two results: Switzerland 8-5 Czech Republic; Scotland 4-10 Sweden; Latvia 8-6 Denmark; Finland 5-7 Germany; Italy 4-11 Russia

Standings after session two:

Russia 2-0
Switzerland 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Finland 1-1
Germany 1-1
Latvia 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Czech Republic 0-2
Denmark 0-2
Italy 0-2

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