Defending champion nation open with win in Beijing

  • Swiss skip Alina Paetz calls a shot at the Capital Gymnasium Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

The four teams who recorded wins in Saturday (18 March) afternoon’s opening session of round-robin play in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017, in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium were Scotland, Sweden, defending champion nation Switzerland and Canada.

The Scots opened stronger in the game against USA, as their skip, former world champion (Riga, Latvia 2013) and Olympic bronze medallist (Sochi, Russia 2014) Eve Muirhead, opened the scoring, taking three points with a well-judged double take out. She added another three points in the fifth end for a 6-3 lead, but, in the sixth end, USA skip Nina Roth hit out a Scottish stone to score two points and reduce the Scottish lead to 6-5.

The game stayed tight after this and eventually went into an extra end where the Scots stole the one point needed for a 9-8 win.

Italy faced Sweden and in the third end of this game, Swedish skip Anna Hasselborg hit out an Italian counter to score two points for a 3-1 lead. Another hit by Hasselborg in the sixth end gave her team three more points for a 6-2 lead. After this Sweden went on to win by 7-4.

Switzerland, the defending champion nation (represented here by the 2015 world champion team), faced Germany in this session, and, after blanking the first two ends, their skip Alina Paetz played a hit in the third end, with her last stone, to open the scoring with four points. In the fifth end, she increased Switzerland’s lead to 7-1 with a double take out. This advantage eventually proved to be decisive as Switzerland emerged as 7-5 winners from the game.

In the fourth game of this session, Canada played hosts China. In the second end, Canada’s Rachel Homan opened the scoring with a hit for four points. The host nation’s team could never recover from this early blow, with Canada going on to win 9-3.

They said it

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 9-8 extra end win over USA): “Wow – what a game! We never have an easy one in the first game. We made it hard for ourselves – we were three up twice in the game and we let America come back. Stealing a game always feels nice. Obviously, it’s never nice for the opposition skip but for us to get our first win on the board is crucial.”

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 7-4 win over Italy): “It felt really good [to win]. We handled the noise very well and continued to communicate – there are a lot of people, which is a lot of fun. This is, for sure, a bigger event but once you are on the ice it is the same and we have been playing these teams all season. We always took points with the hammer [today] and the three in the sixth end pretty much decided it.”

Alina Paetz; skip, Switzerland (after 7-5 win over Germany): “A bit of nervousness was certainly present in the game today. It was also about getting to know the ice and to start the tournament. In the first half, we played good curling. One or two bad stones after the break meant that the Germans were able to catch up. We are generally satisfied with the performance. The focus is now on the next game."

Rachel Homan; skip, Canada (after 9-3 win over China): “That was a really good [second] end by my team with a lot of big shots. We hadn’t played on that ice yet so we were kind of guessing on some lines and played some pretty good shots. We’re trying to learn as we go. They took us right to the ninth and it was just a game of a shot here or there.”

Results session one: USA 8-9 Scotland; Italy 4-7 Sweden; Switzerland 7-5 Germany; China 3-9 Canada

Standings after session one (W-L):

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

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