Session six wins for Sweden, Korea, Canada and Russia

  • Anna Sidorova delivers for Russia Photo: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Canada maintained their flawless record at the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 with a win over USA in the Capital Gymnasium, in Beijing, China.

Also joining them with wins, were Sweden, Korea and Russia.

In an all North American game, USA and Canada met, with Canada winning the match-up. In the eighth end USA skip Nina Roth hit a double take-out, which edged her team into the lead, by 5-4. However, Canada were able to seal the win when their skip Rachel Homan drew for three points in the ninth end. The game ended 7-5 to Canada.

Against three Swedish counting stones, in the eighth end, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch made a draw to the button, which gave her a point and cut the gap between the teams, on the scoreboard, to 4-5. However, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg made a draw for one point in the ninth end, which secured the win at 6-4.

Korea got their second win of the championship in this session, against Denmark. In the fourth end, Korean skip EunJung Kim threw a tap back, giving her team two points. However, Denmark responded immediately with a hit of their own for two points, giving them a 7-2 lead. Korea, however, made steals in all the ends from the seventh end to the tenth end to win the game, 8-7.

Simillarly, in the final game of the session, Russia posted their second win of the event, against Czech Republic. In the third end Russia established a 4-1 lead when Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova cleared out a Czech stone from the eight foot rings, giving her team three points. In the fourth end, Czech Republic skip Anna Kubeskova reduced Russia’s lead to 4-3 with a hit for two points. However, in the end Russia won 9-7.

They said it

EunJung Kim; skip, Korea (after 8-7 win over Denmark): “I focussed on one steal, and one steal and one steal and I feel a bit lucky. [On the steal of two in the final end –] first of all, with my last shot I tried to get the best position and it was quite good, so it made it very tricky for the opposite skip [Lene Nielsen].”

Lisa Weagle; lead, Canada (after 7-5 win over USA): "That was a challenging sheet of ice; we just tried to stay patient and pick up on it as best we could. [The steal of two in sixth end,] that was the first time we had the lead in that game, so to be able to steal the two points in an even end and take the lead was big."

Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 9-7 win over Czech Republic): “We had a couple of mistakes in the beginning and struggled with the stones, so it took us five ends to get used to them. It was tough to get up early after a difficult day yesterday, but I am feeling good. We just have to keep an eye on everything going on – the stones, the ice – and be focussed all the time and be the best we can.”

Results session six: Germany 4-6 Sweden; Denmark 7-8 Korea; USA 5-7 Canada; Russia 9-7 Czech Republic

Standings after session six (W-L):

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

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