Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 19, 2014
Two wins by Canada in Wednesday's round-robin play put them into a clear lead on the standings as the Ford World Women's Curling Championship event continues in Saint John, Canada.
They beat Germany by 7-5 in their morning game and came back onto the ice in the afternoon session to record a 10-3 win over Korea.
The game against Germany was tight all the way and came down to the last stone. And when German skip Imogen Oona Lehmann's attempted draw just nudged off a Canadian stone and rolled on, Canada won with a steal of two points for their 7-5 win.
After this game Canadian skip Rachel Homan said, "it was a great tenth end by our team. Ali (second player Alison Kreviazuk) threw one to the pin, and they swept both of my draws to a perfect spot."
In the game against Korea, Canada scored three points in both of the fourth and eighth ends. The four in the eighth took the score to 10-3, at which point Korea conceded the game. After this win, Homan said, "we're playing well and feeling good - we still made a couple of mistakes in the last end, and the ice has definitely fooled us a couple times, but now we know it."
Canada now have eight wins and are being chased by Switzerland and Sweden on seven wins, with both of these teams having played one game less.
Switzerland faced Scotland in the morning session and they scored a game-changing five points in the fifth end to take an 8-2 lead on their way to an eventual 10-5 win.
As Switzerland sat out the afternoon session, Scotland went on to play Sweden, and it took all the way to an extra end for Sweden to emerge as 8-7 winners. In that extra end, Sweden had last stone advantage, and Scottish skip Kerry Barr was just too long with her final stone as it slipped past the Swedish stone already in the house to give Sweden the one point needed for their win without having to play their own last stone.
After her win, Sweden's skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said, "I feel a little bit relieved. Scotland played really well, it was a really tight game and we're glad we won that."
Like Scotland, Denmark suffered two defeats. In the morning game they faced China, and, in the ninth end of the game, Chinese skip Sijia Liu had an open draw into the house to score two points and seal a 9-3 win that keeps her team in play-off contention. The Danes went on to play Russia in the afternoon session and went down to a 4-7 defeat. These wins against Denmark kept both China and the Russians in the hunt for play-off slots.
The Czech Republic lost by 6-7 to the USA in their morning game, as the Americans scored the one point they needed for their win in an extra end. They then played Latvia in the afternoon session and carved out their second win of the week with a 10-2 victory that saw them score in each of the first four ends to build a 6-0 lead. Latvia scored one point in the fifth end and then had a single-point steal in the sixth end to reduce the Czech lead to 6-2, but a further four points for the Czechs in the seventh end took the score to 10-2 and persuaded the Latvians to concede the game.
After the game, Czech skip Anna Kubeskova said, "we performed very well. They had a couple of huge misses that helped us really a lot and we are happy that we won."
Session 12: Canada 7, Germany 5; China 9, Denmark 3; USA 7, Czech Republic 6; Switzerland 10, Scotland 5.
Session 13: Scotland 7, Sweden 8; Czech Republic 10, Latvia 2; Russia 7, Denmark 4; Canada 10, Korea 3.
Standings after 13 sessions*:
1. Canada 8-1
2. Sweden 7-1
2. Switzerland 7-1
4. China 6-2
4. Russia 6-2
6. Korea 5-3
7. USA 4-4
8. Czech Republic 2-7
8. Scotland 2-7
10. Germany 1-7
10. Latvia 1-7
11. Denmark 1-8
*teams with the same win – loss record are ranked alphabetically until the end of the round robin
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.