First win for USA at Ford World Women's Curling Championship 2016

  • Erika Brown during her team's first win Photo: WCF / Michael Burns

The joint table-toppers Canada and Japan - both with unbeaten records coming into day three - were defeated in Monday (21 March) morning's sixth session of round-robin play at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada.

In the same session USA recorded their first win.

Canada faced Russia in this session and in the third end Canadian skip Chelsea Carey hit-out a Russian stone to score three points and take a 3-2 lead. That was to be Canada's only score of the game and, after this, Russia deliberately blanked three ends and got their reward in the seventh when their skip Anna Sidorova drew her final stone into the house to score two points and re-take the lead, at 4-3. Russia then went on to win by 6-3.

Japan came onto the ice for their game against Denmark as joint leaders – with Canada – but it was the Danes who dominated from the start. In the fourth end their skip Lene Nielsen played a double take-out to score three points and take a 7-1 lead, and in the eighth she played a rise take-out to score a game-winning four points for an 11-4 victory.

USA and Italy faced each other both looking for their first win of the event so far, and it was USA who emerged as 5-3 winners in a tight game. The turning point was a steal of one for the Americans in the third end for an early 2-1 lead. The USA then consolidated their position with a score of two in the seventh end and another single-point steal in the eighth.

Switzerland faced Finland in the fourth game of this session, and, in the second end, Finnish skip Oona Kauste drew her last stone into the house to score two points in the end and take a 2-1 lead. However, the Swiss responded well. In the third end their skip Binia Feltscher drew for three points and a 4-2 lead and in the fifth end, she scored another three points – this time with a hit to move her team's lead onto 7-3. After all of this, Switzerland went on to emerge as 9-6 winners.

They Said It

Anna Sidorova; Russia skip (after 6-3 win over Canada): "Every game is a new game and we're just trying to do our best every time. We're happy to win against Canada because Canada has the greatest teams in the world. That was a big win for us, but for now it means nothing as we still have a lot of games to play."

Lene Nielsen; Denmark skip (after 11-4 win over Japan): “Every win here is important and we have come off some close games here. We are playing better and better and we played some great shots out there. Today we had a bit of difficulty building up the ends and we struggled with the weight.”

Erika Brown; USA skip (after 5-3 win over Italy): "It's nice to get that out of the way. Our first couple of games were really close, it's nice to get back on track. We just tried to keep it simple. We've just got to try to continue to play like we did in the first couple of games. I think we can up our game from today too."

RESULTS, Session 6

Canada 3-6 Russia; Denmark 11-4 Japan; USA 5-3 Italy; Switzerland 9-6 Finland

STANDINGS after Session 6 (W-L)

Japan 3-1
Canada 3-1
Russia 3-1
Switzerland 3-1
Scotland 2-1
Germany 2-1
Denmark 2-2
Korea 1-2
Sweden 1-2
Finland 1-3
USA 1-3
Italy 0-4

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast, Japan v Korea on Monday 21 March at 14.00 (Mountain Daylight Time),

 WWCC 2016 session six results standings
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