Russia join China at the top of the standings in Denmark

  • Russia’s third Anastasia Bryzgalova © WCF / Céline Stucki

In a top-of-the-table clash, China and Russia went head to head in the Silkeborg Sportscener, in Silkeborg, Denmark, on Tuesday morning.

A win for the Russian’s, by 9-7, saw them become tied at the top of the standings, with the previously unbeaten China with both teams winning five games and losing one so far.

Also, a victory for Korea, against Switzerland, by 6-5, in the same session sees them tied with Sweden just behind the table leaders. In the third and final game of this ninth session of round-robin games, Germany had a 10-5 win over United States, completed in eight ends.

In their game against China, Russia opened the scoring with three points in the second end, when skip Alina Kovaleva managed to push her opponent’s stone far enough across the house to secure her three counting stones.

After the sixth end, Russia had established a 7-3 lead, which China clawed back to 8-7 by the ninth end. In that end, China’s fourth player Rui Wang had an open hit-and-roll to score two points. However, Russia had the point advantage and the hammer going into the tenth end. This left Kovaleva needing to make a hit with her final stone, which she made, capturing her team the win, 9-7, a place at the top of the standings and China’s first defeat.

After the game Kovaleva said, “Five wins is good, but we have a lot more [games] ahead. We need lots more energy to finish it [the competition] like we want – with medals.”

Germany had a strong start against United States, scoring one point in the first end and then stealing three points in the second end. This 4-0 advantage was one that United States were never quite able to recover from. Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch drew to the four-foot ring in the fourth end to score another three points for a 7-1 advantage, en route to their 10-5 win.

Reflecting on the two three-point ends skip, Jentsch said, “It was important when we stole the three in the second end. Then we made another three, which then basically [meant] we could drag it [the game] through.

Looking ahead Jentsch added, “We know that we want to win two games today, so [against China] we need to take one step at a time and not do anything differently.”

In the final game of the session, Korea played Switzerland. By the fourth end, Korea had managed to create a 2-0 lead with single point scores in the second and fourth ends. At the fifth end break, Switzerland were on the board with the score at 2-1 for Korea. In the sixth, seventh and eighth ends the teams traded two point scores. This wasn’t enough though for Silvana Tirinzoni and her team to move in front, with Korea holding a 6-3 advantage at the end of the eighth end. Switzerland stole single points in the remaining two ends, but still not enough to claim the victory from Minji Kim’s Korea, for whom this was a fourth win.

Results

Session nine: Russia 9-7 China; Germany 10-5 United States; Korea 6-5 Switzerland

Standings (W-L)

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


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