Canada, Estonia, Russia and United States bound for quarter-finals

  • Russia’s Anastasia Moskaleva and Alexander Eremin © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

After losing to Spain in the round robin, Russia made strategic adjustments to win 8-5 when they met again in this afternoon’s second session of last 16 games at the World Mixed Doubles Curlnig Championship 2019 in the Sørmarka Arena, in Stavanger, Norway.

They have now advanced to the quarter-finals along with Canada, United States and Estonia.

“We were trying not to make silly mistakes and to play every stone as good as we can,” said Russia’s Anastasia Moskaleva. “We also made some conclusions after our game in the round robin and tried not to do the same things again,” added her teammate Alexander Eremin.

Russia will play Canada in the quarter-finals - live on World Curling TV (geo-blocking may apply) and national broadcasters - after the Canadians won 7-2 over Finland. With the score at 4-2 in the fifth end, the Canadians felt it took them until that point to understand the ice conditions.

“The ice was prepared differently today and we didn’t adjust until the fifth end or sixth end, to be honest. We weren’t really believing what we were seeing,” said Canadian Brett Gallant. He added, “Just a little less pebble, a little more curl, a little slower. But once we adjusted we were able to make a ton of shots the next three ends.”

Also meeting in the quarter-finals will Estonia and United States. Staying in control for most of the game, Estonia won against Scotland 8-3 in seven ends.

“What made it a little easier to play this game was that our first goal was really achieved — to get to the A for next year in order to continue our road for the Olympic dreams. So this took some pressure off,” said Estonia’s Harri Lill.

United States beat England 7-4 in seven ends. Despite the scoreboard, American John Shuster said the game felt closer than it looked.

“We’ve just had some really big ends with our Power Play and it’s made the scores look lopsided,” said Shuster. “We’ve definitely had some teams put a ton of pressure on us, so we just have to make sure we get our rocks in good spots.”

Quarter-final line-ups : Sweden v Czech Republic; Australia v Japan; Estonia v United States; Canada v Russia

Results last 16 session one: New Zealand 4-9 Sweden; Australia 8-1 Switzerland; Japan 9-4 Hungary; Czech Republic 5-4 Norway

Results last 16 session : Scotland 3-8 Estonia; Spain 5-8 Russia; England 4-7 United States; Canada 7-2 Finland

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