Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
March 19, 2014
In Wednesday evening's round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada, Russia faced China with both teams desperate for a win to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Russia moved ahead in the second end when their skip Anna Sidorova drew her last stone into the house to score two points for a 2-1 lead, and in the sixth end Sidorova played a well-judged double take-out to score another two points, for a 10-2 lead and a vital game win.
This result put the Russians into fourth place and afterwards, a pleased Sidorova said, "that game was really solid so we feel really confident with the percentages and all of the shots which my team made today."
Meanwhile, Germany faced Korea and in the ninth end of this game, Korea's fourth player Un Chi Gim played a draw-shot into the house that scored four points from the end and gave her team a 9-4 win.
Switzerland faced Sweden with both teams knowing that the eventual winner of this game would go into the joint lead on the table, along with Canada, who sat out this session. In the sixth end, Swiss skip Binia Feltscher carefully directed her stone through a narrow gap among the guarding stones to draw into the house to score one point and take a 2-1 lead. In the eighth end, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz drew her final stone inside four Swiss stones already counting in the house, to score one point and reduce the Swiss lead to 3-2. Eventually, in the tenth end Switzerland's Feltscher played a hit and stay to score two points from the end and claim a 5-3 win.
After the game Switzerland's third player Irene Schori said, "to win tonight against Sweden that's very great and we're feeling good. We planned to play with no risk, just easy shots and it works. We're feeling great and we're having a good time here."
USA were also trying to keep their play-off hopes alive as they faced Latvia and their skip Allison Pottinger had an open draw for three points in the fifth end to take a 4-1 lead on her way to a 7-3 win. This win kept slight play-off hopes alive for USA and their third player Nicole Joraanstad said, "we still have a chance to get in the playoffs. We have been there before and we know what it takes. Really all we can do is focus on ourselves and hope the cards fall in our favour."
Session 14: China 2, Russia 10; Germany 4, Korea 9; Sweden 3, Switzerland 5; USA 7, Latvia 3.
Standings after 14 sessions*:
1. Canada 8-1
1. Switzerland 8-1
3. Russia 7-2
3. Sweden 7-2
5. China 6-3
5. Korea 6-3
7. USA 5-4
8. Czech Republic 2-7
8. Scotland 2-7
10. Denmark 1-8
10. Germany 1-8
10. Latvia 1-8
*teams with the same win – loss record are ranked alphabetically until the end of the round robin
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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.