USA keep play-off hopes alive while Canada and Sweden lead the way

  • USA move into tied third place Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Both Canada and Sweden had seven-end wins in Tuesday evening’s 11th round-robin session of the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China, to consolidate their positions as the top two teams in the rankings.

Canada beat Scotland by 8-2 while Sweden had a 9-4 win over Switzerland. These results mean that Canada maintain their unbeaten record, with seven wins, to keep them at the top while Sweden sit on six wins in second place.

Germany faced Italy in this session, and in the tenth end of a tight game, Germany’s skip Daniella Jentsch scored three points, hitting out an Italian stone to win the game at 7-5, a victory that keeps Germany’s play-off hopes alive.

In the fourth game of this session USA faced hosts China and in the eighth end the Americans scored three points with a well-swept draw into the house through some Chinese stones. This gave them a 6-4 lead. In the tenth end, another draw for one point gave USA a 7-5 win that places them in joint third place alongside the Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 9-4 win over Switzerland): “That was a great team effort and we played really well from lead to skip, so it was a good one. The ice is really good, it suits our play so that’s ok.”

Rachel Homan; skip, Canada (after 8-2 six-end win over Scotland): “It’s easy to maintain the focus because there are so many good teams here and you have to be on your ‘A’ game no matter who you’re playing. It makes you focus that much harder. There’s lots of parts of the game that we’re looking at and trying to improve.”

Daniella Jentsch; skip Germany (after 7-5 win over Italy): “One of our biggest strengths is that we can fight ourselves out of trouble and we believe that we can win the games, even when we’re down. It’s a big day tomorrow. We have a few games ahead of us that we have to win if we want to keep our dream alive.”

Nina Roth; skip, USA (after 7-5 win over China): “We came in today knowing that we needed to get a couple of wins and start a winning streak. I’m really confident in our team. When we saw the opportunity to put some pressure on we took advantage of it. [about winning draw in the tenth end] The more we’re here, the more comfortable we get and my team-mates are really strong sweepers so I know as long as I didn’t throw it heavy they’d get it there.”

Results session 11: Canada 8-2 Scotland; Sweden 9-4 Switzerland; Italy 5-7 Germany; China 5-7 USA

Standings after session 11 (W-L):

Canada 7-0
Sweden 6-1
Czech Republic 4-3
Russia 4-3
Switzerland 4-3
USA 4-3
Germany 3-4
Korea 3-4
Scotland 3-4
China 2-5
Italy 2-5
Denmark 0-7

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