Italy record first win as Switzerland join Canada at the top of the standings

  • Diana Gaspari's team in action against Scotland Photo: © WCF / Céline Stucki

With a last-stone 8-7 win over hosts China, Switzerland produced their second win in Sunday morning’s third session of round-robin play. They now join Canada, unbeaten at the top of the rankings at the CPT World Women’s Championship 2017, being staged in the Capital Gymnasium, Beijing, China.

This was one of two games being played on Sunday morning – in the other, Italy beat Scotland by 7-6 to record their first win so far.

China played Switzerland in front of a large enthusiastic home crowd, but it was Switzerland who took the early advantage, scoring three points in the third end and then stealing one more in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.

However, the Chinese fought back and when their skip Bingyu Wang drew her last stone of the ninth end into the house to score three points, taking the lead for the first time in the game, at 7-6. After this, Switzerland’s skip Alina Paetz played a double take-out in the tenth to score two points from the end and win by 8-7.

In the other game of this session, Scotland took the early lead with a score of two points in the first end. After this, the game stayed close until the seventh end when, after an umpire’s measure, Italy scored three points for a 5-3 lead. Eventually, Scotland had a hit and stay to score three in the tenth end to force an extra end, but skip Eve Muirhead’s stone rolled out of the house, giving Scotland only two points, and Italy the win, by 8-7.

They said it

Alina Paetz; skip, Switzerland (after 8-7 win over China): "It was a really important game for us. We struggled a bit in the second half of our game yesterday, so it was important to have a good start. We were always up a little in the game and that helps of course, but after the ninth end we just told ourselves that we’re just one down now, just keep it normal and find the two and we’ll have the win."

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 7-6 win over Scotland): "Today we had a good game. That was only a second game for us here – three of us are really new girls. That was really nice – Scotland are a really good team. Now we will try in every game and we will do what is possible for us."

Results session three: Switzerland 8-7 China; Italy 7-6 Scotland

Standings after session three (W-L):

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

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