Japan women top table after win over Denmark

  • Team Japan Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Japan moved to the top of the women's rankings in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with an 8-5 win over Denmark in Thursday morning's second session of women's round-robin play.

In their first appearance of the competition, hosts Korea beat Canada, also playing for the first time, by 8-6, and there were wins for United States by 7-4 over Great Britain, and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, by 7-6 over China. Switzerland and Sweden sat out this session.

Japan had built a 3-0 lead after three ends in their game against Denmark, only to see the Danes level the game with a score of three points in the fourth end.

After a blank fifth end, Denmark stole one point in the sixth end to move into a 4-3 lead, but Danish skip Madeleine Dupont had two complete misses in the seventh end which then let Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa draw for three points and a 6-4 lead. A steal of two points by Japan in the eighth end put the game beyond doubt and Japan won by 8-5.

The game between Korea and Canada was close until the fifth end when Canada's skip Rachel Homan faced four Korean stones in the house. Her attempted hit and roll did not come off and Korea stole two points for a 4-1 lead.

Canada fought back to level the game at 4-4 after seven ends, but in the tenth end Canada could not score the four points they needed to level again and Korea won by 8-6.

In the game between United States and Great Britain, the Americans moved into a 4-3 lead with a score of two points in the sixth end. Britain then blanked the seventh end but, with three United States stones already in the house, were forced to hit and stay for one point in the eighth end to level the game again at 4-4.

In the tenth end, Britain's skip Eve Muirhead was heavy with her final draw as she attempted to score one point to force an extra end, and United States won by 7-4.

There was an extra end in the game between the Olympic Athlete from Russia team (OAR) and China, and it could not have been closer, with an umpire's measure on China skip Bingyu Wang's final stone indicating that it was just too long, giving OAR a 7-6 win.

The women's competition continues play later tonight, at 20:05 Korean Standard Time (KST), with the third round-robin session.

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Women session two results: Canada 6-8 Korea; Denmark 5-8 Japan; China 6-7 Olympic Athlete from Russia; Great Britain 4-7 United States.

Standings after women session two (win-loss):

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

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