Defending champion nation, Switzerland, open with win in Swift Current

  • Irene Schori and Binia Feltscher plot their opening win against USA Photo: Mike Burns

Eight of the twelve teams involved were in action in Saturday (19 March) afternoon's opening session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2016, being held in the Credit Union iplex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Switzerland are the defending world champion nation, and this time they are skipped by Binia Feltscher, who won the title in 2014, and their first opponents were an experienced USA team, lead by Erika Brown, who is here for her eighth world championship.

The Swiss took the lead in the second end when Feltscher hit-out a USA stone to score two points for a early 2-1 lead. In the eighth end, Feltscher played a well-judged angle raise of one of her own stones to score one point for a 4-3 lead on the way to a 5-4 win.

Russia, last year's Bronze medallists, faced Italy in their opener, and skip Anna Sidorova gave herself a good start when she hit with her last stone of the first end, to score two points for the early lead. She followed that up with another hit in the eighth end, this time scoring one point, which was enough to seal her team's opening victory, by 8-2.

Hosts Canada, and Denmark faced each other in this session, and the Danes opened with a score of three points in the first end when their skip Lene Nielsen drew her final stone into the house. Nielsen followed that up with a delicate top-up in the eighth end to score one more point and take a 6-4 lead.

But, the Danes gave up a score of three in the ninth end and could only score one point in the tenth to level the game-score at 7-7 and force an extra end. In that end, Canada's skip Chelsea Carey was able to make an open hit to score the one point needed for a crowd-pleasing 8-7 win.

In the fourth game of the session Japan faced Finland and won by 7-5, helped by a score of two points in the fifth end and a steal of two more points in the sixth.

They Said It

Chelsea Carey; Canada skip (after 8-7 win over Denmark): “It actually wasn’t that poorly a played game. We gave them a soft three on the first end and we got a little fooled by some of the spots on the ice. We stayed patient and kept making shots and luckily enough we were able to pull it off in the end.”

Binia Feltscher; Switzerland skip (after 5-4 win over USA): “It's super-cool to be back at the World Championships and it's super-cool to be back in Canada again. The whole team was playing well and it was a close game with a good ending. We're looking to be in the first half of the field.”

Anna Sidorova; Russia skip (after 8-2 win over Italy): “First we needed some time to get used to the ice, but we got onto that pretty well. We know when we come to any event, the main goal is to win it. Then again we would be satisfied with any medal, but we want to do better than last year. The most pressure I have is my own expectations. For sure, I care about people but when you come on the ice it's only you who can do it. I just want to show my best and hopefully win Gold.”

James Lind; Japan coach (after 7-5 win over Finland): "We looked much more comfortable in the second half of the game and we'll take that. It's a good start to the competition. Every game for us is a chance to learn how to play arena ice and handle the stress of competitions like this."

RESULTS, Session 1

USA 4-5 Switzerland; Japan 7-5 Finland; Russia 8-2 Italy; Canada 8-7 Denmark (extra end)

STANDINGS after Session 1 (W-L)

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

WCTV highlights

 WWCC 2016 session one results and standings
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