Sweden women upset defending champion nation

  • Sweden skip Isabella Wranaa calls a shot Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Scotland and Sweden recorded wins in both sessions of women’s play on Thursday’s (16 February) opening day at the VoIP Defender World Junior Championships 2017, being staged in the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, Republic of Korea.

They, along with Switzerland, who won their only game of the day, remain undefeated.

Scotland faced Hungary in the second session and it was the Hungarians who took a 4-2 lead into the fifth end break, thanks to a steal of two in the fifth end. In the sixth end Scotland skip Sophie Jackson had a draw-shot to score three points for a 5-4 lead and eventually, in the tenth end, Hungary skip Bernadett Biro could not draw her final stone into scoring position and could only score one point from the end, to go down to a 7-8 defeat.

Sweden faced defending champion nation Canada in the second session with both having won their opening games. It was Canada who took advantage first, stealing two points in the second end after scoring two in the first to take an early 4-0 lead. Sweden recovered and moved into a 6-5 lead by scoring four points in the fifth end, before going on to take the one point needed in the tenth end for an 8-7 win.

The game between Turkey and hosts Korea was one-sided. Korea opened with a score of five in the first end, and a further scores of four in the third end and three points in the fifth end were enough to send them onto a 12-4 win in just six ends. Thursday evening’s session marked the first appearance of both Russia and Switzerland and, after a tight game, a well judged promote of her own stone by Switzerland skip Selina Witschonke produced the two points needed to give her team a 7-6 victory.

They said it

Selina Witschonke; skip, Switzerland (after 7-6 win over Russia):
“[The game] was so incredible. I am just nervous now! I have no words! I am just so happy and it was such a close game. I think at the beginning there was a bit of struggle with mental and also with the communication, but it got better and better and I think that was the greatest thing we did this game.”

Min Ji Kim; skip, Korea (after 12-4 win over Turkey): “The first game was difficult, but our team work was better in the second game, so it was easier. We had fewer mistakes in that game and that gave us the bigger scores. Success in our future games will all depend on keeping the improved team work. There is a whole lot of pressure because we’re at home, but it certainly feels good to be playing at home.”

Results women's session two: Russia 6-7 Switzerland; Sweden 8-7 Canada; Turkey 4-12 Korea; Scotland 8-7 Hungary

Standings after women’s session two (W-L):

Scotland 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Switzerland 1-0
Canada 1-1
Korea 1-1
Turkey 1-1
Japan 0-1
Russia 0-1
USA 0-1
Hungary 0-2

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