Japan beat Russia to move ahead at the top; Germany upset Sweden in 8-7 thriller

  • Analena Jentsch and Maike Beer sweep for Germany Photo: Mike Burns

Japan faced Russia in a top-of-the-table clash in Sunday (20 March) afternoon's fourth round-robin session at the Ford Word Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada.

In the second end of the game, Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa hit to score two points and open the scoring in the game. In the fourth end, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova played a well-judged hit and roll to score one point and reduce Japan's lead to 2-1. Japan went on to win by 6-1, a third victory so far that retains their unbeaten record and puts them alone at the top of the rankings.

In the same session, Olympic Silver medallists Sweden faced Germany, with both teams having won their opening games. Sweden took the lead in the third end when their fourth player Maria Prytz hit-out a German stone to score two points for a 2-1 lead. Later, in the sixth end, Germany's skip Daniela Dreindl played a well-judged draw onto the button to score two points and move into a 5-4 lead. In the eighth end, Germany's Driendl hit for two points to take her lead to 7-6. After this, Germany emerged as 9-6 winners.

Finland faced Italy and in the fourth end of this game, Finnish skip Oona Kauste drew her last stone into position to score three points and take a 7-1 lead. Despite a strong second-half comeback by Italy, Finland won this game by 8-7.

In the fourth game of the session, Scotland faced Korea and the Scots opened strongly when their skip Eve Muirhead hit-out a Korean stone to score two points in the first end. Muirhead then produced another strong hit in the sixth end to score two more points and take her lead to 7-3. After this, Scotland went on to win by 8-6.

They Said It

Satsuki Fujisawa; Japan skip (after 6-1 win over Russia): "As you can see from watching us, we're a team that actually enjoy playing. I hope that we will continue doing so and I hope that everyone enjoys watching us".

Daniella Driendl; Germany skip (after 9-6 win over Sweden): "That was a lot of fun. We played well – we had a wobbly start but it was good to come back and we played way better in the second half. We're happy that we had the better outcome. We knew if we played our good game we can win games, but we're still thinking game by game right now."

Oona Kauste; Finland skip (after 8-7 win over Italy): “The game was quite hard, we missed two really important shots and gave them steals. That win was really important for our confidence - that was a must-win game and I'm so happy that we made it. Now, hopefully, we're going to keep on winning.

Eve Muirhead; Scotland skip (after 8-6 win over Korea): “That was a game of patience. We played well. Today was really important for us - you've got to get some momentum going and get a few wins, which will hopefully drag us on to the play-off stage."

RESULTS, Session 4

Sweden 6-9 Germany; Finland 8-7 Italy; Japan 6-1 Russia; Scotland 8-6 Korea

STANDINGS after Session 4 (W-L)

Japan 3-0
Canada 2-0
Germany 2-0
Russia 2-1
Sweden 1-1
Denmark 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Finland 1-2
Korea 0-2
USA 0-2
Italy 0-3

WCTV highlights

 WWCC 2016 session four results standings
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