Korea and Scotland record crucial wins to keep play-off hopes alive

  • Korea pick up their fourth win of the championship Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

In Wednesday morning’s 12th session of round-robin play at the CPT World Women’s Curling Championship 2017 in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium, Korea and Scotland recorded crucial wins to keep their play-off hopes alive.

The leading two teams – unbeaten Canada and second-placed Sweden - both sat this session out as Korea faced the Czech Republic, who also were trying to keep their play-off hopes alive. And Korea took a grip on this game with a score of three in the fourth end and a further steal of three points in the fifth to take an 8-3 lead into the break. The Czechs could not respond in the second half as Korea emerged as 10-3 winners after seven ends.

Scotland were up against hosts China in this session and their break-through came in the third end when skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take a 3-2 lead. A further two points for Scotland in the seventh end increased their advantage to 6-4 and they went on to win by 8-6.

Switzerland beat Italy by 10-2 in this session – thanks largely to a score of four points in the fourth end and a steal of three points in the fifth end – and Russia beat Denmark by 8-6. These wins mean that the Russians and the Swiss are tied in third place.

They said it

EunJung Kim; skip Korea (after 10-3 win over Czech Republic): “I’m happy and excited about that win. We’ve lost some games now and we wanted to win that one. This game was good and we had very good communication in the team.”

Anna Sidorova; skip Russia (after 8-6 win over Denmark): “I think that starting from now on, every win is really important. We just have to win every game to be sure to go to the top four. When I was younger and not that experienced, I tried to follow all of the other results during my game and cheered for the teams that we needed to win. But now I realize that you don't have to follow the other games. You just have to be focused on your game.”

Eve Muirhead; skip Scotland (after 8-6 win over China): “It was crucial that we win that and we really came together as a team and put in a solid performance. We were always in control and we got our stones in good places. At the end of the day it came down to a draw to the eighth-foot and you’ve got to make them.”

Results session 12: Russia 8-6 Denmark; China 6-8 Scotland; Korea 10-3 Czech Republic; Italy 2-10 Switzerland

Standings after session 12 (W-L):

Canada 7-0
Sweden 6-1
Russia 5-3
Switzerland 5-3
USA 4-3
Czech Republic 4-4
Korea 4-4
Scotland 4-4
Germany 3-4
China 2-6
Italy 2-6
Denmark 0-8

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