Hosts Denmark earn first LGT World Women’s victory

  • Denmark celebrate their first win at the LGT World Women’s over Japan 7-1 © WCF / Richard Gray

In front of a packed home support, hosts Denmark beat Japan by 7-1 for their first win so far in Wednesday morning’s 12th session of round-robin play at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019.

Denmark took an early 4-0 lead and in the fourth end, Japan’s fourth player Ikue Kitazawa played a draw inside three Denmark stones already in the house, to open her team’s scoring with one point.
In the next end, Denmark’s skip Madeleine Dupont had an open draw for one point to extend her team’s lead to 5-1. The Danes went on to win by 7-1, and this lifts them off the bottom of the table.

After this win, Dupont said, “It’s about time that we had a win! You could see the experience the other teams have on this type of ice which we don’t have. We don’t have the experience to make the four-foot draw or the perfect roll, we just don’t have it. We’re doing our best, but it’s difficult for me to see the throw exactly how it is and when does it curl.”

She added, “It’s a bigger pressure (playing at home) than I expected. All of a sudden, a lot of people care, so we’re very happy to give them a win.”

Korea faced Germany in this session and, in the first end, their skip Minji Kim had an open draw into the house to open the scoring with two points. In the seventh end Korea’s Kim hit out a German stone to score two points and take a 6-4 lead. Korea went on to win by 9-5, a result that puts them into joint top spot with China and Sweden.

Switzerland faced Scotland and after blanking the first end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz knocked a Scottish stone off the button to score two points and take an early lead.

In the fifth end, Scotland skip Sophie Jackson was facing four Swiss stones in the house with her final stone, but her draw came up short and the Scots gave Switzerland a steal of four points that extended Switzerland’s lead to 7-0.

The Scots conceded after scoring one point in the sixth end, to give Switzerland a 7-1 victory. This result means that Switzerland and Scotland are tied in fifth place, with the top six teams at the end of the round-robin going on to the play-offs.

Olympic champions Sweden faced Russia in the fourth game of this session. After blanking the first end, Swedish skip Anna Hasselborg played an open draw for three points in the second end to open the scoring in the game. In the fifth end, Hasselborg played another draw, scoring two points this time for a 5-2 lead. Sweden went on to win by 9-4.

After this win, Hasselborg said, “Russia have been playing well, so I’m excited about how we performed today against them. We love to play all the world events, we really like the nerve being out there where every shot is important, so we’re just enjoying ourselves. If you start to think about the play-offs now, it will just get in the way of your performance.”

Results

Session 12: Denmark 7-1 Japan; Germany 5-9 Korea; Scotland 1-7 Switzerland; Sweden 9-4 Russia

Standings (W-L)

China 6-1
Korea 6-1
Sweden 6-1
Russia 6-2
Scotland 4-3
Switzerland 4-3
Canada 3-4
Germany 3-4
Japan 3-4
United States 3-4
Denmark 1-6
Latvia 1-6
Finland 0-7

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