Everything to play for as the round-robin heads into its final day

  • Germany's skip Daniela Jentsch Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

After 13 sessions of play and nine games, Canada remain undefeated in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017, taking place in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium, in China.

In Wednesday (22 March) evening’s session, Canada beat Czech Republic. Sweden, also won against Korea, in that session, and remain in second place in the standings, behind the Canadians who qualified for Friday’s (24 March) play-offs earlier in the day.

A win for Russia in this session puts them in third place, going into the last round-robin day on Thursday (23 March). Meanwhile, there is currently a three-way tie in fourth position – between Scotland, Switzerland and Germany, who also won on Wednesday night – with other teams still in contention for Friday’s play-offs.

In Wednesday evening’s session, Canada played Czech Republic. In the fourth end Canada’s skip Rachel Homan made a double take-out, which gave her team two points and a 4-1 lead. After that, in the sixth end the Czechs skip Anna Kubeskova scored two points with a hit, which cut the deficit to 3-6. However, this was Czech Republic’s last score, with Canada going on to win 9-3.

In the seventh end Korea’s skip EunJung Kim drew to the button for one point and levelled the scores at 4-4. But, throwing into an open house, in the tenth end with the scores still level at 5-5, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg sealed the victory with a single point score, which ended the game 6-5.

Germany were trailing by a point against Denmark in their game, 4-5, when skip Daniela Jentsch made a draw for one to level the scores at 5-5, in the eighth end. Jentsch followed this up with a steal of four points in the ninth end and a 9-5 win.

In the last game of the session USA and Russia met. In the fifth end and trailing, Russian skip Anna Sidorova scored four points with a hit to establish a 5-3 lead. Nina Roth, leading the USA team, scored two points in the ninth end to bring her team within touching distance of Russia, with the scores at 6-7. But, it was Russia’s day and they won 8-6 in the tenth end.

They said it

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 9-5 win over Denmark: “We are feeling fantastic. We have five wins now – two wins today – this is a very important day for us. We were struggling with their [Denmark’s] lead [Charlotte Clemmensen] because she was so strong today so, we had to try to hold against her. [For the steal of four in the ninth] it was a relief because you can’t really steal a four when your counters are in the 12 foot, but it worked out.”

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 8-6 win over USA): “It is always fun to win – what can be better, winning the game and one step closer to our goal [qualifying for the play-offs]. We know we can play well and stay concentrated. Curling is a game, so you never know [what can happen]. We have a chance, so, everything is in our hands, and if it works good.”

Results after session 14: Czech Republic 3-9 Canada; Korea 5-6 Sweden; Germany 9-5 Denmark; USA 6-8 Russia

Standings after session 14 (W-L):

Q Canada 9-0
Sweden 7-2
Russia 6-3
Germany 5-4
Scotland 5-4
Switzerland 5-4
Czech Republic 4-5
Korea 4-5
USA 4-5
Italy 3-6
China 2-7
Denmark 0-9

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WCTV highlights next live game: Sweden v China (Thursday 23 March at 09.00, +8 UTC)