Winning start for Olympic champions at Ford World Women's

  • Sweden's second Agnes Knochenhauer © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Olympic champions Sweden were among the five teams making their first appearance at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2018 in Saturday (17 March) evening’s second session of round-robin play at the North Bay Memorial Gardens in Ontario, Canada.

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In the second end of their game against Denmark, their skip Anna Hasselborg drew her second stone into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. The Swedes went on to control this game and won by 8-2 in just seven ends.

United States and Italy were also both playing their first games, and in the third end, United States’ skip Jamie Sinclair hit out an Italian stone to open the scoring in the game with three points. The Americans went on to win by 8-1, also in seven ends.

Germany were playing their second game so far, while this was a first appearance by Japan. In the fourth end of the game, with the score at 2-0 to Japan, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch hit out a Japan stone to level the score with two points. Jentsch then went on to produce two more points with another hit in the seventh end, this time to move her team into a 4-3 lead but eventually Japan scored two points in the tenth end for a 6-5 win.

In the fourth game of the session hosts Canada, skipped by 2014 Olympic champion and 2008 world champion Jennifer Jones faced Switzerland, skipped by two-time world champion (2014 and 2016) Binia Feltscher. In the seventh end of this game, Switzerland’s Feltscher drew her last stone into the house to score one point and level the score at 4-4. Canada then had scores of three in each of the eighth and tenth ends to win by 10-5, a victory that means they are the only team to have recorded two wins so far.

They said it

Anna Hasselborg; skip, Sweden (after 8-2 win over Denmark): “I think it’s very important for us to focus on the details and just be in the moment, so I think we did that really well in this game. Of course, there is a challenge coming from a big event to the Worlds. It helps that we’re in Canada because it’s a dream playing here – it’s just our second Worlds.”

Jamie Sinclair; skip, United States (after 8-1 win over Italy): “It’s very nice to get started on a good note, we made some good shots out there and it’s nice to start the week with a win. The last seven days have been a whirlwind. We went through the roller-coaster of Nationals – the high of that – and then chaos in the couple of days between Nationals and coming here. A lot had to get done but we still had to rest and physically prepare for this week.”

Tori Koana; skip, Japan (after 6-5 win over Germany): “We’re very happy to have won that game. The team played really good. It’s a big audience here and to play in front of them is really fun.”

Session two results: Sweden 8-2 Denmark; United States 8-1 Italy; Germany 5-6 Japan; Switzerland 5-10 Canada

Standings after session two

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

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