Tuesday 21 March 2017
Russia recorded their second win of the day and moved into joint fourth place on the rankings with a 11-1 six-end win over Italy, in Tuesday (21 March) afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play.
Russia are now tied with Czech Republic – with the battle for play-off positions set to heat up amongst the 12 competing Member Associations in the remaining seven sessions of round-robin play – In the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017, being staged in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China.
The game between Russia and Italy was virtually all one-way traffic. Russia had steals in three successive ends, including a score of five in the fourth end. Italy managed to get a single score onto the board in the fifth, but conceded the game after the sixth end.
Czech Republic beat Switzerland by 10-7, following three straight losses, and they now share that fourth spot with Russia. Scores of three by the Czechs in both the fifth and ninth ends played a major part in this win.
Hosts China, recorded their second win so far when they beat Denmark by 7-5 in this session. This was a tight game throughout, with the teams tied on level scores three times – at 2-2 after three ends, 3-3 after five ends, and 5-5 after seven. But, a crucial steal of one point in the ninth by China to take a 7-5 lead made the difference. China then went on to run Denmark out of stones in the last end and this result leaves Denmark at the bottom of the table, still looking for their first win.
In the fourth game of this session, Scotland faced Korea, and the tone of this game was set right from the first end when Scottish skip Eve Muirhead came up light with her final draw to hand Korea a steal of two points. Further scores of two by Korea in the third, fifth, seventh and ninth ends were enough to give Korea their third victory of the event so far – 10-6.
They said it
Anna Kubeskova; skip, Czech Republic (after 10-7 win over Switzerland): “We’re happy with that. We’ve had three losses in a row and we were afraid it was going to continue but we came up stronger there. We had a really big meeting after this morning’s loss and we focussed more on the key, important shots and we made them this time. We still have three really tough opponents in front of us so we need to focus the same – at least”.
Yan Zhou; lead, China (after 7-5 win over Denmark): “The big change this time was that we just played one rock at a time. This win was really good for us. We feel a little pressure for sure [playing in front of a home crowd], but we’re enjoying this tournament and hope it makes a good promotion for curling in China.”
Anna Sidorova; skip, Russia (after 11-1 win over Italy): “Everything will only be determined when the last stone is played. We’re still really on track – especially in our heads – and we’re really looking forward to getting to the top four, that’s the main goal for this week. We’ll see how it works, but for now we’re just trying our best to get there.”
Results after session nine: Switzerland 7-10 Czech Republic; Scotland 6-10 Korea; Denmark 5-7 China; Russia 11-1 Italy
Standings after session nine (W-L):
Czech Republic 4-3
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