Saint John, NB, Canada
March 16, 2014
In Sunday evening's fifth session of round-robin play of the Ford World Women's Championship 2014, in Saint John, Canada, wins for Switzerland and the USA meant that they both kept their unbeaten records, while victories for China and Scotland gave these two teams their first wins of the event.
USA faced Denmark and the Americans built a strong lead in the fourth end when their skip Allison Pottinger hit out a Danish stone and kept her own in the house to score five points for a 9-1 score-line. In the sixth end, Pottinger drew her last stone into the house to score four points from the end and win the game by 13-2.
After her win, Pottinger said, "ideally, we wanted to come out of the opening weekend 3-and-0. We have some tough teams coming up — Canada, Russia and Sweden — so it’s nice to come into that with these three wins behind us."
Scotland beat Germany by 6-5 to record their first win. In the eighth end of this game, Germany's skip Imogen Oona Lehmann drew her last stone into the house to score two points and level the score at 5-5. Then, after blanking the ninth end to keep last stone advantage, Scottish skip Kerry Barr tapped back a German stone with her own last stone of the game, to score the one point that gave her the win.
Later, a relieved Barr said, "it's really nice to be able to finish a game off. I've been frustrated with myself but I'm glad we've got the first win on the board. This is a massive boost to the confidence and I hope it's the start of more to come."
In their game against the Czech Republic, China opened with a score of three points when their skip Sijia Liu drew her stone into the house. In the seventh end Liu delivered a raise take-out to score another three points for a 9-4 lead on her way to an eventual 11-5 victory.
This was China's first win and skip Liu said, "it feels good to win" and, speaking about her good start to the game, she added, "the important thing is to be ready to play from the first end."
The fourth game of the session featured two unbeaten teams - Switzerland and Canada. In the fifth end of this game, Swiss skip Binia Feltscher took out two Canadian stones to score three points for a 4-2 lead. The Swiss then moved on to an 8-2 lead with a single-point steal to keep their unbeaten record intact. A delighted Feltscher said, "against Team Canada, we had nothing to lose, so we just made our own game."
Session 5: Denmark 2, USA 13; Germany 5, Scotland 6; China 11, Czech Republic 5; Canada 2; Switzerland 8.
Standings after 5 sessions:
1. Switzerland 3-0
1. USA 3-0
3. Canada 2-1
3. Russia 2-1
3. Sweden 2-1
3. Korea 2-1
7. Denmark 1-2
7. Latvia 1-2
7. China 1-2
7. Scotland 1-2
11. Czech Republic 0-3
11. Germany 0-3
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule
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The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium