Multiple teams tied for play-off places after penultimate women's round-robin session

  • United States' vice-skip Annmarie Dubberstein © WCF / Emile Gareev

The United States, Switzerland and Korea all recorded wins in Wednesday night’s eighth session of women’s round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships 2018, creating a five-way tie for third place on the table with China and Norway.

The Americans beat Scotland by 11-4 thanks to scores of three points in the third and sixth ends. After starting the tournament with a 2-4 record, they now have a chance to make the play-offs.

Korea stole two points in the eighth end to establish their winning lead in their 7-5 victory over Russia. With the loss, Russia is guaranteed to finish in the bottom three, and they will be relegated to the World Junior-B Curling Championships next season, along with Turkey.

In a back-and-forward game, Switzerland got their 8-7 win over China with a final-stone takeout, in a tightly-packed house, by skip Selina Witschonke. Switzerland began the tournament with three straight losses, but now have won four out of five and are prepared to make a play-off push in their final game on Thursday afternoon, in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Sweden and Canada maintained their two spots at the top of the table as the Swedes moved their undefeated run to eight wins and the Canadians improved to seven wins. Sweden had a controlling win over Turkey by 7-3 and Canada scored three points in the fourth end and two points in the sixth end to propel them to their 8-6 victory against Norway. The two teams will meet in Thursday afternoon’s ninth and final session of round-robin play with the top seed still to be decided.

Next live women’s game on World Curling TV: Sweden v Canada on Thursday 8 March at 14:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Madison Bear; skip, United States (after 11-4 win over Scotland): “I got pretty lucky. My team definitely swept some of those pretty hard. There were a couple I thought we might be crashing, but I really utilised them, and yeah those were all team shots for sure. All of us have kind of been thinking of our Olympic team - team Shuster. They were 2-4 at the Olympics and came back and ended up with that gold medal. They’re the idols to look up to, and they’re kind of our hope right now. We’re trying to do the same thing as them.”

Selina Witschonke; skip, Switzerland (after 8-7 win over China): “The ice was not the same like the rest of our games throughout the week and the playing was not very good from either team. I was very nervous during the last shot. Sometimes our stones were going straight and sometimes they were curling too much. I think for the next game we are really motivated to just play our curling.”

Women session eight results: Switzerland 8-7 China; Korea 7-5 Russia; Sweden 7-3 Turkey; United States 11-4 Scotland; Canada 8-6 Norway

Standings after women’s session eight (win-loss):

Q Sweden 8-0
Q Canada 7-1
China 4-4
Korea 4-4
Norway 4-4
Switzerland 4-4
United States 4-4
Scotland 3-5
Russia 2-6
Turkey 0-8

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