Korea post first win; Czech Republic & Switzerland maintain 100% records

  • Korea skip EunJung Kim Photo: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

While Korea recorded their first win so far, victories for Czech Republic and Switzerland in Sunday (19 March) evening’s fifth session of round-robin play, in the CPT World Women’s Championship 2017 in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China, put both of those teams back into joint top spot on the rankings.

They now sit alongside Canada who sat out this session.

In their game against Italy, Korea started with a single point in the first end to take a lead they were never to give up, particularly after two single-point steals in the fourth and fifth ends. Another single point steal in the ninth end was enough for Italy to concede, handing Korea the 7-4 win.

Of the two table-topping teams in action, Switzerland had the easier win, beating Denmark by 12-4, in just eight ends, thanks largely to steals of four points in the third end and two points in the fourth. By contrast, it took all the way to an extra end for the Czech team to defeat the hosts, China, by 8-7, with their skip Anna Kubeskova playing a precision draw with her first stone of the extra end to set up their win.

In the fourth game of this session, Scotland returned to winning ways, beating Russia 10-7. Their skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone of the first end into the house to score three points. Later in the fourth end, Russia gave up a steal of four points to give Scotland an 8-1 lead.

They said it

EunJung Kim; skip, Korea (after 7-4 win over Italy): “In the first and second game I was finding the ice difficult, but today it’s been better. In the first and second game I was trying harder shots, but I changed things to make them more simple – like the hits and the draws – and that’s why we won.”

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 10-7 win over Russia): “We knew what we had to do after dropping the game this morning and that was to come out sharp. We had a really solid first half. They crept back in the second half, but sometimes the first end is the worst end to score a three because you’ve got to defend a lead for so long.”

Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 8-7 extra end win over China): “We are really excited and happy. It is always tough to play against the home team and home crowd. [Going into the extra end] we knew we had to win the end and that it was going to be tough, because we lost two in the tenth. But, it worked out. The championship is going well, but it is still the beginning and we need to win more games.”

Alina Paetz; skip, Switzerland (after 12-4 win over Denmark): "In the first two ends, we had problems with the length, the ice was quite different from the morning. The steal in the third end gave us a lot of confidence and the game developed in our favour. We will focus now on tomorrow’s [Sunday 20 March] games, against Russia and Canada."

Results session five: Korea 7-4 Italy; Scotland 10-7 Russia; Czech Republic 8-7 China; Switzerland 12-4 Denmark

Standings after session five (W-L):

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

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