Russia move to second place at LGT World Women’s

  • Russia after their win against United States © WCF / Céline Stucki

Monday night’s eighth session of round-robin play at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 saw China remain undefeated while Russia, Scotland and Canada moved up the rankings with wins.

United States opened their game against Russia with a single point followed by a steal of two points when Russian skip Alina Kovaleva was light on a draw to take a 3-0 lead after two ends. Russia responded with two points in the third end and a steal of one point in the fourth end to level the scores, 3-3. In the ninth end United States skip, Jamie Sinclair, made a nose hit for two points to tie the game heading into the tenth end, 7-7. On her final shot, Kovaleva made a perfect double take-out to win the game 8-7, improving Russia’s record to four wins and one loss.

Kovaleva admitted the first half of the game was challenging, “It was not my game at the beginning, it was tough, but we supported each other. We began to play more complicated and everyone played much better and it worked for us.”

She also commented on her decision to throw the take-out to win, “I was ready to make the draw for the last shot but it was quite an easy double so it was not a problem to do it.”

Scotland faced winless Latvia in their second game of the day. In a tight battle, Lauren Gray, who was skipping in place of original skip Sophie Jackson, due to injury, made a draw to the button for a single point in the eighth end to tie the game at 3-3. In the tenth end, Gray placed her final stone in the house for two points to claim the victory, 5-4. This was the Scots second game of the day where they required two points in the tenth end to win. They have improved to three wins and two losses.

China continued their winning ways, this time against hosts Denmark. With help from a hit for three points in the fourth end to go up 5-1, the Chinese remained in control to win 8-4 after nine ends.

Canada’s Chelsea Carey bounced back from an afternoon loss to Japan with a victory over Finland’s Oona Kauste. In the sixth end, Canada had a chance to score three points but their final take-out was wide, scoring just a single point to go up 5-2. The Canadians entered the tenth end up two points with the hammer and although Finland stole one point, Canada won 7-6. So far, they have three wins and two losses.

After the win, Carey commented on the importance of the win, “You don’t want to lose many games at all, but certainly two in a row, it just puts you on a downward spiral that’s hard to come back from. Especially considering we already lost two, we needed to bounce back tonight and we did that. Now, we need to keep that going moving forward, but tonight was what we needed to do.”

Denmark, Finland and Latvia all remain at zero wins and five losses.

Results

Session eight: United States 7-8 Russia; Latvia 4-5 Scotland; Denmark 4-8 China; Canada 7-6 Finland

Standings (W-L)

China 5-0
Russia 4-1
Sweden 4-1
Korea 3-1
Canada 3-2
Japan 3-2
Scotland 3-2
Germany 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
United States 2-3
Denmark 0-5
Finland 0-5
Latvia 0-5

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