March 21, 2012
Canada, Korea and Sweden share the top spot – each on seven wins - after 14 sessions of round-robin play at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Canada.
In Wednesday afternoon’s session, Canada had to come from behind to beat Germany, and a score of three in the sixth end transformed the game for them. After that end they took the lead for the first time, at 4-3 and never looked back. They stole a single point in the seventh end, after which Germany could only score one point in the eighth, following which the last two ends were blanked, to give Canada a 5-4 win.
Afterwards, skip Heather Nedohin said, “I thought we played really well as a team. We knew today was a bit win day and getting the three in six was big. I went around the corner guard and today I got a cookie instead of it biting me.”
While Canada sat out the evening session, Germany later went on to lose by 4-9 to Korea in a game that the Koreans finished off scoring three in the ninth end before running Germany out of stones.
Later skip Ji-Sun Kim said, “I was a little tired tonight, but I shot very well to help us win this game. I want to reach the play-offs so much - I really, really want it. I will be very happy if we make it, but I am happy right now.”
Sweden are the third joint leaders, and they got there by beating Scotland 3-2 in a very defensive game in the evening session that featured five blank ends. They got their win with a single steal when Scottish skip Eve Muirhead came up short with her final draw in the tenth end.
Afterwards, skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said:”it was quite defensive – not really the game we want to play, but we thought we would wait for them to make a move. Maybe we waited a little too long, but we ended up winning the game, so that was fine”. This loss almost certainly ends Scotland’s play-off hopes, and afterwards a subdued Muirhead said, “when you’re in control for the whole game and it comes down to a missed shot like that, it makes the skip feel pretty bad.”
This loss for Scotland leaves them on four wins and followed their fighting afternoon victory over China that went all the way to an extra end before Muirhead hit out a Chinese counter on the button to win by 9-7.
Denmark were also battling to keep their play-off hopes alive, and they had two good victories on Wednesday to finish the day on five wins and retain a chance of staying alive in the medal hunt.
First they beat Switzerland by 7-4 and then followed that up with a 5-4 win over Italy. Against Switzerland, they edged ahead with a steal of two points in the fourth end and went on to control the game. Against Italy they had to score two in the tenth end to come from behind and win by just one point.
At the end of a successful day, skip Lene Nielsen said, “we need to win again tomorrow. We have Sweden in the afternoon game, it’s going to be tough but we will do our best. Then we have the US at the end, so I hope to win two games tomorrow. That’s what we have to do to try and stay in this competition.”
Russia had a ‘won one, lost one’ day. In the afternoon session, they were overwhelmed by USA to go down by 2-7 when the Americans scored a single in the third, stole a single in the fourth and then a further two in the fifth for a five-point halfway lead, with Russia yet to put a point on the board. Allison Pottinger’s US team eventually ran out as 7-2 winners.
In the evening, the Russians came out to face the Czech Republic and they led all the way in this game, after scoring two points in the third end, and consolidated that lead when skip Anna Sidorova drew for three points in the seventh end for an 8-3 lead on her way to a 9-6 victory.
Afterwards, Sidorova said, “I’m pretty happy about this game but I cannot feel ok after my morning game, it was really tough for me. I’m not sure if we are still in with a chance of the play-offs. It will be tough and I’m not sure if winning two games can be enough to be in the tie-breakers”.
Standings after 14 Draws/Sessions:
Czech Republic 2-7