Japan and Russia win two from two after first day in Swift Current

  • Japan skip Satsuki Fujisawa directs her sweepers Photo: Mike Burns

Japan and Russia share the lead after the first day of round-robin competition in the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada.

The Japanese were in control throughout their evening game against Italy and eventually their skip Satsuki Fujisawa hit-out one of her opponent's stones to score two points in the eighth end and seal her 10-3 win. This was a second win of the day for Japan, as was Russia's 7-4 victory over Finland.

Russia's skip Anna Sidorova drew her second stone of the sixth end into the house to score two points for a 5-1 lead. Finland's Oona Kauste responded in the next end – the seventh – with a triple take-out to score two and reduce the Russian lead to 5-3, the Russians eventually ran Finland out of stones to win by 7-4.

Both Sweden and Scotland were making their first appearances of the event and, in the fifth end, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz drew her last stone into the house to score their first two points of the game and take a 2-1 lead on the way to an eventual 5-3 win.

Also, playing their first games were Korea and Germany, and already sitting 5-1 down, Korea's skip Un Chi Gim hit out a German stone to score two points in the sixth end to reduce Germany's lead to 5-3. After this, Germany's Daniela Driendl produced a double take-out in the seventh end to score two more points and take a 7-3 lead, on the way to an 8-5 victory.

They Said It

Margaretha Sigfridsson; Sweden skip (after 5-3 win over Scotland): “It’s always nice to have a good start and we played really well. Games against Eve [Muirhead] are really interesting. I think we were in the driver’s seat for the duration of the game, but it was very close. We will do everything to be the team at the top, so we’ll need to play very well all week.”

Daniela Driendl; Germany skip (after 8-5 win over Korea): “We were so excited to go out on the ice. We played well and we’re happy how the day ended for us. We’re pleased with the outcome; we went into the game trying to play our best curling. I was really proud of my lead [Pia-Lisa Schoell] today because she really opened up the game.”

RESULTS, Session 2

Italy 3-10 Japan; Scotland 3-5 Sweden; Germany 8-5 Korea; Russia 7-4 Finland

STANDINGS after Session 2 (W-L)

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

WCTV highlights

 WWCC 2016 session two results and standings
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