Wins for China, Russia and United States to begin LGT World Women’s third day

  • United States’ skip Jamie Sinclair © WCF / Richard Gray

China produced their fourth win so far in Monday morning’s sixth round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 in the Silkeborg Sportscenter, Denmark, to preserve their unbeaten record and stand alone at the top of the round-robin rankings.

There were just three games in this session and as well as China’s last stone 6-5 win over Latvia, the other two winners were United States, who beat Finland by 6-3, and Russia, who had an 8-4 win over Japan.

When they came onto the ice to face China, Latvia were still looking for their first win and, in the third end of this game, China’s fourth player Rui Wang opened the scoring for her team with a draw for two points, 2-2.

Then, in the sixth end, Wang hit out a Latvian stone in the house and, although her own stone rolled out too, China scored three points from the end for a 5-3 lead because they had three stones still lying in position. Wang then completed the win for her team when, in the tenth end, she gently tapped out a Latvian stone, replacing it as shot-stone with her own to score the one point needed for a 6-5 win.

Russia played Japan and in the fourth end, with the score tied at 2-2, Russia’s skip Alina Kovaleva drew her second stone into the house to score two points and move on to a 4-2 lead. However, in the seventh end, Japan’s fourth player Ikue Kitazawa also played a draw to score two points and reduce Russia’s lead to 5-4. In the eighth end, Russia’s Kovaleva scored two more points with a draw into the house that gave her team a 7-4 lead on the way to their eventual victory, by 8-4.

After the game, Kovaleva said, “It’s very important for us – as it is for every team – to keep winning. In that game, we just wanted to get back on track following the loss in our last game.” She added, “We are always quite happy and smiling and in a positive mood – it works for us.”

United States faced Finland, another team still without a win in the third game of this session. In the third end, United States skip Jamie Sinclair tapped one of her own stones into position in the four-foot ring to score two points from the end and level the game-score at 2-2. In the fourth end United States looked in danger of giving up three or four points until Sinclair played an angle double tap-up that set up a steal of one point to swing the end. The United States went on to win by 6-3.

Afterwards, Sinclair said, “It feels good to have the second win on the board.” Regarding the fourth end she said, “It was a little bit nerve-wracking. We were in a bit of trouble. The end definitely got away from us and it was a lot messier than we were anticipating. I was just happy to lob one in there. It was a little bit of a momentum switch and we carried that on through the rest of the game.”

Following this session, China top the table on four wins and no losses, with Korea also unbeaten in second place, but having played one game less. Behind these two, Russia and Sweden share third place. At the other end of the table, Denmark, Finland and Latvia are all still looking for their first victories.

Results

Session six: China 6-5 Latvia; Japan 4-8 Russia; Finland 3-6 United States

Standings (W-L)

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


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