Russia victory creates four-way tie at the top with one day of round-robin play to go

  • Russia in action in the Credit Union iplex, Swift Current, Canada Photo: WCF / Michael Burns

With the weekend play-off stages looming ever closer, Russia faced Switzerland in a top-of-the-table match-up in Wednesday (23 March) evening's round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2016 in Swift Current, Canada.

Already 3-0 down after giving up two single steals, Switzerland got on the scoreboard for the first time in the fourth end when their skip Binia Feltscher hit-out a Russian stone to score two points and reduce Russia's lead to just one point, at 3-2.

In the fifth end, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova hit-out a Swiss stone to score one point and extend her lead to 4-2.

The Swiss scored again in the eighth end when Feltscher drew her last stone into the house to score one point, and once again reduce Russia's lead, this time to 5-3. Russia responded again in the ninth end when Sidorova attempted a tap-back for two but had to settle for just one point from the end when it went wrong. This gave Russia a 6-3 lead which they converted into the final score when they ran Switzerland out of stones in the tenth end.

Switzerland now join Canada, Japan and Scotland in joint top-spot, with Russia now fifth on the table.

Elsewhere in this session, Japan beat USA by 7-5, scoring twos in the third and sixth ends on the way to their win.

Canada had a 7-1 win over Finland, opening with a score of two in the first end. The game finished after Finland's skip Oona Kauste was able to draw her last stone of the seventh end into the house to score her team's solitary point.

In the fourth game of the session, Denmark beat Italy by 7-5. Both of these teams are now out of play-off contention for the week, but like all the teams, remain desperate to get as many wins as possible to boost their Olympic Qualification points tallies.

They Said It:

Anna Sidorova; Russia skip (after 6-3 win over Switzerland): "All good, especially after a tough morning for us. We're ready to play and hopefully we will win tomorrow. I don't like this word – hopefully – we will go and fight for the games. When we play our best we know that we can beat everybody."

Chelsea Carey; Canada skip (after 7-1 win over Finland): "We played better tonight and we were lucky to get some mistakes out of them and come on top in that one. We're getting better and better, we felt really confident. We're in a good place, winning this is taking the pressure off for tomorrow."

Lene Nielsen; Denmark skip (after 7-5 win over Italy): “Yes, it feels bitter-sweet. We've had a lot of close games here. We've been struggling all week and right now it's a case of getting as many wins as possible, for Olympic points."

RESULTS, Session 14

USA 5-7 Japan; Switzerland 3-6 Russia; Canada 7-1 Finland; Denmark 7-5 Italy

STANDINGS after Session 14 (W-L)

Canada 7-2
Switzerland 7-2
Japan 7-2
Scotland 7-2
Russia 6-3
Denmark 4-5
Korea 4-5
USA 4-5
Germany 3-6
Sweden 3-6
Finland 1-8
Italy 1-8

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast Japan v Scotland on Thursday 24 March at 09.00 (Mountain Daylight Time),

 WWCC 2016 session 14 results standings
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