Scotland’s Eve Muirhead and Russia’s Anna Sidorova share the lead on four wins and no losses after four sessions of round-robin play at the World Junior Curling Championships in Perth.
The Scots were in control throughout, scoring two in the first end and stealing a single in the second to set up an 8-3 win over USA’s Rebecca Hamilton. Meanwhile, Russia handed Sweden’s Jonna McManus her first loss, winning by 9-4.
Afterwards, the Scottish skip Muirhead, who is shooting for a unique fourth world junior crown, said, “that was a good game, a solid game like last night, and we got on top of them from the start as we planned. We put the pressure on and then she (USA skip Hamilton) started to get a bit annoyed at herself and at her team. We were really capitalising on all of their mistakes and just played well”.
She also confirmed she was pleased with how her team is playing and supporting her. “We’re all playing well. Rhiann is playing excellent at lead and we’re getting set up from the start which makes things ten times easier. Vicki’s peeling well and Anna’s playing well too. So I can’t complain at all about my team - I like it when I have easy shots to play”.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic, skipped by Anna Kubeskova, grabbed their first win of the week, beating Canada’s Trish Paulsen by 6-4.
This means Canada has just one win out of four starts, and afterwards Paulsen explained what had happened. “That was a tough one. It took me a while to find my draw-weight. The ice was really good and we started to gradually adjust to it, but we had a few missed shots and we ended up with that really hurting us”.
Asked if she was starting to feel pressure about staying alive in the medal hunt, she said, “there’s a lot of competition left, so we’re ready to play the rest of it. The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I put on myself, so basically, that’s what I have to do right now”.
Elsewhere, Norway’s Kristine Davanger recovered from being 0-6 down after four ends to eventually beat Japan’s Sayaka Yoshimura by 8-7, while Switzerland’s Manuela Siegrist handed France’s Anna Li her fourth loss, with an 11-1 win. Despite their best efforts, the French remain anchored at the bottom of the table without a win, and are now in real danger of being relegated into next season’s European Junior Challenge competition.
Junior Women’s Standings after Day 2
Czech Republic 1-3
Women, round 4: Switzerland 11, France 1; Czech Republic 6, Canada 4; USA 3, Scotland 8; Sweden 4, Russia 9; Japan 7, Norway 8.
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