Standings after 14 sessions:
W12: Japan 2, Canada 10; Russia 3, Norway 4; Latvia 4, Sweden 7; USA 9, Switzerland 7.
W13: Switzerland 7, Scotland 9; Sweden 10, Denmark 9 (extra end); Norway 7, China 8; Canada 7, Germany 8 (extra end).
W14: China 8, Russia 7 (extra end); Germany 7, Japan 5; Scotland 7, USA 4; Denmark 13, Latvia 1.
Swift Current, Canada – 24 March: Canada’s Jennifer Jones endured her first defeat of the event, going down in an extra end 7-8 to European Champion Andrea Scheopp of Germany in session 13. Jones was later joined in joint top slot on the rankings by Eve Muirhead’s Scotland, who beat USA’s Erika Brown by 7-4 and tied up with Canada on eight wins and one loss.
This defeat put USA into a three-way tie for third place, alongside Germany, who later beat Japan by 7-5, and Sweden, who had two wins on Wednesday, against Latvia by 7-4 and then, in an extra end, by 10-9 over Denmark.
With the tension rising as the concluding round-robin games approach, none of these leading teams can afford to ignore defending champions China, who sit on five wins after their disastrous start, thanks to two further wins on Wednesday – 8-7 over Norway, followed by an extra end 9-7 victory over Russia.
After her victory against Canada, German skip Andrea Scheopp said, “I love to play here. It’s a great atmosphere. Canadian spectators are really great
- really friendly and really fair”. And her response to being asked what it was like to beat Canada in Canada was business-like – “I have no idea. Ask them”.
Canadian skip Jennifer Jones was gracious in defeat. “It wasn’t our sharpest game but I thought they played well and she made a nice shot to win”.
Meanwhile, a focussed Scottish skip Eve Muirhead said about her win over USA, “they’re one of the top teams that we knew we had to beat. This shows we’re a good team - as good as any team out there”.
In response, USA skip Erika Brown said, “we didn’t play badly, but once we got behind it was hard to get something going because they’re good at the peels”.