Tenth end steal gives hosts, China first win in Beijing

  • China secure their first win of the week Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Switzerland joined Canada – who sat the session out – at the top-of-the-table with a 12-7 win over Russia in Monday (20 March) afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play at the CPT World Women’s Championship 2017, being staged in the capital Gymnasium, Beijing.

Also, in front of a large home crowd, China carved out their first win so far, beating Korea by 7-6 with a final end single steal when the second stone by Korean skip EunJung Kim hit out two Chinese stones but also rolled out, leaving a third Chinese stone lying to claim the win.

Switzerland’s win was aided in particular by a score of five points in the seventh end which gave them an 11-5 lead. This result means that only Canada and Switzerland remain unbeaten so far, each on four wins.

Scotland moved to within one win of the leaders when they beat Denmark by 7-2 in this session. The Danes were still looking for their first win when they faced the Scots. The Danes’ regular skip Lene Nielsen was on the bench for this game, being replaced by Madeleine Dupont. The Scots took a 4-0 lead into the break in this game and in the sixth end Dupont scored her team’s only two points of the game. The Scottish win was sealed when Dupont’s last stone of the eighth end rolled out to give up a steal of two points for a Scottish lead of 7-2, after which Denmark conceded.

The fourth game of this session saw Italy face Czech Republic. With the score sitting at 3-2 in the Czechs’ favour, the game turned in the fifth end when Italy scored five points as their skip Diana Gaspari hit out a Czech stone with her last shot of the end. Despite a Czech Republic revival which saw them steal single points in both the eighth and ninth ends, Italy eventually ran their opponents out of stones in the tenth for their second win so far – 8-6.

They said it

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 7-6 win over Korea): “It’s a big thing to have one win – yesterday we had two games that went the other way against us. Now, maybe we can get rolling a bit better. I think it’s great. [Playing in front of a big home crowd], I said to the players would you rather be sitting in the stands watching another team do it or would you rather be out there? That made them smile and realise that this is a special experience, to win for your country and their fans.”

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 8-6 win over the Czech Republic): “Another win – we are happy again! It was a nice game, especially the fifth end with five points. They tried to draw around our guards. They missed the last one and we had a take-out for six, but we were happy with five and then we controlled the game.”

Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 7-2 win over Denmark): “That was really good actually. We learned from a slack second half yesterday. We got off to a strong start again but this time continued it into the second half.”

Results session seven: China 7-6 Korea; Czech Republic 6-8 Italy; Russia 7-12 Switzerland; Denmark 2-7 Scotland

Standings after session seven (W-L):

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

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