Japan women remain undefeated to top the table

  • Japan remain undefeated Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

In a session that featured two games going to an extra end, Japan women beat Korea by 7-5 to top the table on three wins and no losses at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Other winners in Thursday evening's session were Great Britain, who beat China by 8-7 after an extra end; Sweden, with a 7-6 extra end win over Canada; and Switzerland, who beat United States by 6-5. Denmark and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team sat out this session.

In the first half of the game between Japan and Korea, there was never more than one point between the teams, with the teams tied at 3-3 at the fifth end break.

Korea scored one in the sixth end to take the lead, and then Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa was long with her last stone of the seventh end to give Korea a steal of one point and a 5-3 lead.

Japan fought back and in a tense last end, Korea's Eunjung Kim could not thread a way onto the button in a busy house, giving Japan a single point steal and a 7-5 win that puts them into a clear lead at the top of the table.

The game between Great Britain and China was also a tight affair. Britain led 2-1 after three ends but in the fourth end, China's Bingyu Wang tapped back one of her own stones to score three points from the end and take a 4-2 lead.

Great Britain scored two points in each of the seventh and ninth ends to take a 7-6 lead, but China scored one point in the tenth end to level the game at 7-7 and force the extra end.

Great Britain had last stone in that extra end and skip Eve Muirhead went on to win, concluding the game with a nose-hit for the one point she needed.

Sweden opened with a score of two points in the first end of their game against Canada, and kept Canada chasing all the way until the eighth end when a mistake by their skip Anna Hasselborg gave Canada a single point steal to level the game at 5-5.

The teams swapped single points in the next two ends to put the game into an extra end, when Sweden used last stone advantage to score one point and win by 7-6.

In the fourth game of the session Switzerland recorded their first win so far, with a 6-5 victory over the United States, helped by scores of two points in each of the second and fifth ends.

The women's competition resumes tomorrow (Friday 16 February) afternoon at 14:05 Korea Standard Time (KST) with the fourth round-robin session.

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Women session three results: China 7-8 Great Britain; Canada 6-7 Sweden; Usa 5-6 Switzerland; Korea 5-7 Japan.

Standings after women session three (win-loss):

Japan 3-0
Sweden 2-0
Great Britain 2-1
Korea 1-1
Olympic Athlete from Russia 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
China 1-2
United States 1-2
Canada 0-2
Denmark 0-2

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