China and Russia tied for first place at LGT World Women’s

  • China’s lead Jingyi Ma © WCF / Céline Stucki

With an 8-6 win over Germany in Tuesday evening’s 11th session of round-robin play at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark, China moved into joint top of the rankings along with Russia. The Russians had an extra end 9-8 win over Finland and are now on six wins and one loss.

Other winners in this session were Switzerland, who beat Latvia by 8-5, and United States, who scored five points in the sixth end of their game against Canada on the way to a 13-6 win.

In the game between China and Germany, China scored two in the first end, but Germany responded strongly when their skip Daniela Jentsch played an angled raise double take-out to score three points and take a 3-2 lead. The teams went into the break tied at 4-4 and were tied again at 6-6 after nine ends, until China scored two points in the tenth to seal the win.

In the fourth end of the game between the United States and Canada, United States’ skip Jamie Sinclair played a draw into the house for two points to reduce Canada’s lead to 4-3, after Canada stole three points in the first end. Later, in the sixth end, she produced the highest single-end score of the championship so far with a raise double take-out that scored five points to take a 8-6 lead. After this the Americans carved out a single steal of one point in the seventh end and a further steal of four points in the eighth end, when Canadian skip Chelsea missed a long tap-back. Canada then conceded with the score at 13-6.

Speaking about scoring five, the United States second player Taylor Anderson said, “I was definitely pumped after that shot. I yelled over to Jamie (skip) and it was really exciting to get the momentum switched over to us. We really needed it and it brought us right back into the game. It was a really great opportunity to make that shot.” Meanwhile, skip Jamie Sinclair added, “it wasn’t the first end that we had hoped for, but I’m really proud of the girls for sticking with the game.”

Joint leaders Russia faced Finland, who were still without a win, and in the fourth end of this game, Russia’s skip Alina Kovaleva played a soft tap-up of her own stone to score three points and move onto a 5-2 lead. But Finland fought back and, with a score of two in the tenth end, tied the game at 8-8 to force an extra end. In the extra end, Russia’s skip Alina Kovaleva had an open hit to score the one point that gave her team a 9-8 win and kept them in joint to spot along with China.

Switzerland faced Latvia in the fourth game of this session and thanks to two single-pot steals in the sixth and seventh ends, and a score of four in the tenth, emerged as 8-5 winners. After this game, Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “we certainly didn’t want to be on three wins and three losses at this point but that’s what it is. But we still have the chances to get better. We just need to play a little bit better. The other team played excellent tonight, so we just hung in there and dug out a win. We’re still confident and believe in our team. Maybe we just need to have a little bit more fun out there than we have had so far.”

After this session China and Russia share top spot while Korea and Sweden sit behind them in joint third place. At the other end of the table winless Finland and Denmark are in bottom slots.

Results

Session 11: Switzerland 8-5 Latvia; United States 13-6 Canada; Russia 9-8 Finland; China 8-6 Germany

Standings (W-L)

China 6-1
Russia 6-1
Korea 5-1
Sweden 5-1
Scotland 4-2
Germany 3-3
Japan 3-3
Switzerland 3-3
Canada 3-4
United States 3-4
Latvia 1-6
Denmark 0-6
Finland 0-7

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