China win third game to top the LGT World Women’s rankings

  • China move to the top of the table © WCF / Céline Stucki

With a 10-7 win over Scotland in Sunday afternoon’s fourth round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in the Silkeborg Sportscenter, Denmark, China remain unbeaten and now stand alone at the top of the rankings, with three wins and no losses.

Other winners in this session were Germany, who beat Japan by 10-7, Olympic champions Sweden who had an 8-5 win over Switzerland, and Korea, 7-6 winners over Russia.

During the game between China and Scotland and China, injured Scottish skip Sophie Jackson came off the ice after the first two ends during which Scotland gave up steals of two points and four points, to be replaced by alternate Lauren Gray.

The Scots recovered to be just 5-6 down at the break but in the sixth end, China’s fourth player Rui Wang played a draw into position to score two points for an 8-5 lead on the way to the 10-7 win that puts China alone at the top of the table.

In her game against Japan, Germany skip Daniela Jentsch had four good final draws. In the second end, she opened her team’s scoring with a draw for three points, then followed that up with another draw for three points in the fourth end, to take a 6-2 lead.

Japan responded with three points in the fifth end and stole one more point in the sixth end to level the score at 6-6.

Another draw by Jentsch in the seventh end, this time for just one point, restored Germany’s lead. A further draw in the ninth end inside a Japanese stone already there and a steal of two points in the tenth end gave Germany their 10-7 win.

After the game, skip Jentsch said, “that was kind of a roller-coaster. We were in full control in the beginning and then I flashed my last shot in the fifth and we gave up three. But then we fought back, and I think we managed quite well in the end. We have pretty good steal statistics and we thought we could win it of we went for the steal.”

In the game between Switzerland and Olympic champions Sweden, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz played a draw in the fourth end to open her team’s scoring with two points and level the score at 2-2.

In the next end, it was Sweden’s skip, Anna Hasselborg, who played the draw that won the end, scoring three points to take a 5-2 lead. The Swedes went on to win by 8-5.

After this game Hasselborg said, “we were really fired up to go out and play well there. Against the Swiss you really have to play your best and we took advantage of our hammer and that was a strong game. The key here is regardless of winning or losing, it’s a matter of one game at a time, all the time, so I think not to look at the round-robin and just keep going. The whole team played very well and Sara [McManus, third] played some huge shots to get us into good positions.”

Russia were joint leaders when they came onto the ice to face Korea in the fourth game of this session. In the seventh end of this game, Korea’s skip Minji Kim hit out a Russian stone to score three points and take a 5-4 lead.

In the eighth end, Russia’s skip, Alina Kovaleva, scored one point with a draw into the house to level the score at 5-5. But after this, Korea went on to win by 7-6, knocking Russia off the top of the table.

Results

Session four: Germany 10-7 Japan; Scotland 7-10 China; Switzerland 5-8 Sweden; Russia 6-7 Korea.

Standings (W-L)

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

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