Japan, Scotland and Switzerland stay in touch with LGT World Women’s table leaders with wins

  • Japan skip Seina Nakajima © WCF / Céline Stucki

In Monday afternoon’s seventh round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Championship 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark, wins for Japan, Scotland and Switzerland kept them in touch with the leaders on the table.

Japan faced Canada and in the third end of this game, their fourth player Ikue Kitazawa played a draw into the house to score two points and level the score at 2-2.

Later, in the sixth end, Canada’s skip Chelsea Carey gently nudged her final draw-shot into position to score one point and reduce Japan’s lead to 4-3. However, Japan never lost the lead in the game after this and went on to win by 7-5.

Switzerland played hosts Denmark in this session and, in the third end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz opened her team’s scoring with a split-shot tap on her own stone just outside the house to score four points in the end and take a 4-2 lead.

Then, in the seventh end Paetz scored four points again, this time with a raise double take-out, to take a 9-3 lead, at which point Denmark conceded.

The hosts are still looking for their first win of the Championship.

After this game, Switzerland skip Silvana Tirinzoni said, “Alina played an amazing shot for four in the last one, and the way she played it was perfect. Every game that we win is very good, but it’s a long week. We’re probably going to lose here and there, we just need to make sure that we don’t lose too many and hopefully we’re on the right road again. Hopefully we’ll keep performing like we did today, there are still a few mistakes but at the end it’s important that we win enough games to qualify, so we go from here.”

With regular skip Sophie Jackson still injured and side-lined, Scotland’s alternate player Lauren Gray carried on with her skipping duties for the third game and, facing Germany, she played a draw for three points in the first end to open the scoring.

Later, in the seventh end, Germany’s skip Daniela Jentsch played a draw for four points to take a 7-6 lead, but eventually, in the tenth end, Gray played a double take-out across the house to score two points and give Scotland a 9-8 win.

After this game, Gray said, “we’re just trying to build our confidence and play as well as we can. We got off to a rough start with a couple of losses and Sophie having an injury. We had a nice confidence boost last night and built on that today, coming down to last shot, so we’re keen to build it… it’s such a long Championship. The girls have rallied round me coming in as skip to help me play as well as I can which I appreciate so much. I’m not used to playing those shots [double take-out] at the end of a game – I was really pleased to make that one under pressure.”

In the fourth game of the session, Olympic champions Sweden faced Korea and, in the second end their skip Anna Hasselborg hit out a Korean stone to score two points and take a 2-0 lead. The Swedes never looked back after that, scoring two points in the fourth and sixth ends as well as having a single-point steal in the ninth end on the way to an 8-4 win.

Sweden now move into second place on the rankings behind unbeaten China, who sat this session out, while Denmark remain at the bottom of the table without a win so far, alongside Finland and Latvia.

Results

Session seven: Japan 7-5 Canada; Switzerland 9-3 Denmark; Sweden 8-4 Korea; Scotland 9-8 Germany.

Standings (W-L)

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

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