Sweden stay top as Switzerland complete extra end comeback

  • Switzerland in action against China © WCF / Céline Stucki

Sweden ensured they stayed in pole position in the LGT World Women’s standings at the end of the fifth day of action in the Silkeborg Sportscenter, in Silkeborg, Denmark, with a 9-7 win over United States, on Wednesday night.

Also, with six play-off places available at the end the round-robin stage, Switzerland had a vital extra-end win, by 9-8 over China, that kept them firmly amongst the play-off contenders – in fifth position.

Also, during this 14th session of round-robin games, Russia beat Germany 7-4, which moved them into second place in the standings and Japan bounced back from an earlier defeat, to win against Finland, 10-4.

Sweden opened the scoring in their game against United States with two points in the first end. By the half-time break they had established a 5-2 lead. However, with a score of two points in the sixth end followed by a single point steal in the seventh end, United States worked their way back to 5-5. Then, Jamie Sinclair’s United States team went in front after scoring another two points in the ninth end, for a 7-6 lead.

However, Anna Hasselborg’s Olympic champion Swedish team crafted the tenth end well, protecting three tightly bunched stones over the button. Sinclair attempted to remove these with her final stone, but hit a guard on the way in handing the win to the Swedes, 9-8.

Sweden’s vice-skip Sara McManus said after the game, “We didn’t expect that [from United States]. I think we became a little loose in the second half and that is not something we wanted to do. It kept us on our toes and we played a really good last end. It was a little bit of a struggle out there.”

After blanking the first three ends, China opened the scoring with three points against Switzerland in the third end. Then, in the eighth end with another score of three points, China were in front, 8-4.

However, with scores in the next three ends, Switzerland turned the game around entirely. First, they secured three points in the ninth end, followed by a single point steal in the tenth end, which levelled the scores at 8-8. In the extra end, China’s fourth player Rui Wang was heavy with her draw, handing Switzerland another single point steal and the win, 9-8.

After the game, Switzerland’s skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “That was nerve-wracking, of course, but I am very proud of how my team battled. It wasn’t easy and China played very well in the first-half. We’re so happy we sneaked out the win. For sure, this was an important win. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Japan’s, 10-4, win over Finland, helped largely by three point scores in the fourth and ninth ends, puts them into sixth place in the standings, along with Canada and Scotland. Each of these teams have won four of their games and lost four.

In the final game of the session, Russia beat Germany. The teams were within a point of each other at the fifth end break, 4-3, with the balance just in Russia’s favour. However, Russia moved in front scoring single points in all of the sixth, seventh and, eighth ends, 7-3. Germany scored one more point in the ninth end, but chose to concede at that point. Russia won 7-4.

Results

Session 14: Russia 7-4 Germany; China 8-9 Switzerland; United States 7-9 Sweden; Japan 10-4 Finland

Standings (W-L)

Sweden 7-1
Russia 7-2
Korea 6-2
China 6-3
Switzerland 5-3
Canada 4-4
Japan 4-4
Scotland 4-4
United States 4-5
Germany 3-5
Denmark 2-6
Latvia 1-7
Finland 1-8

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