China, Japan and Russia in front at LGT World Women’s with second wins

  • Russia’s second Galina Arsenkina © WCF / Richard Gray

China, Japan and Russia all had wins in Sunday morning’s third round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019 at the Silkeborg Sportscenter, Denmark, and all three remain undefeated to top the rankings.

China and Finland had taken up the last two slots in the World Women’s line-up through their successes at the new World Qualification Event in January, and they faced each other in this session.

In the fourth end of the game, China’s fourth player Rui Wang scored three points with a double take-out to take a 6-1 lead. Then, in the sixth end, Wang had an open nose-hit to score four points for a 10-2 score. Finland then conceded the game.

Japan were up against United States and in the third end of this game, United States skip Jamie Sinclair played a double take-out to score one point and reduce Japan’s lead to 3-1. In the ninth end, Japan fourth player Ikue Kitazawa also played a double take-out to score two points, for a 9-5 lead. United States conceded after this. Later Japan’s skip Seina Nakajima said, “We made a success of that difficult game through our teamwork and communication. Now, we will have a rest and work on our communication for the next game too.”

Russia faced the hosts, Denmark and, in the second end their skip Alina Kovaleva drew her final stone nicely around guards and into position to open the scoring with a score of two points. In the third end, Danish skip Madeleine Dupont played a soft tap-back take-out to score three points and take a 3-2 lead. However, in the sixth end, Russia’s Kovaleva drew her final stone into position in the house to score one point and level the score at 4-4. Russia went on to win by 7-6, to go into joint top slot.

In the fourth game of the session, Canada faced Germany and in the fifth end, with Germany leading 2-1 Canada skip Chelsea Carey turned the game around with a hit on a German stone to score four points and take a 5-2 lead.

In the seventh end Germany split the house early and eventually their skip Daniela Jentsch played a draw for two points to reduce Canada’s lead to 7-4. However, Canada held on to record their first win so far by 8-5. Afterwards Canada’s Carey said, “The first half wasn’t quite there but the second half felt solid. Everybody made some key shots today and that‘s good because yesterday everybody had one or two that they wanted back. I thought that was a really solid bounce-back up and down the line-up and everyone made a couple of key ones when we needed them.”

Results

Session three: Denmark 6-7 Russia; Canada 8-5 Germany; China 10-2 Finland; United States 5-9 Japan

Standings (W-L)

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

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