World Champions Russia stand alone as only undefeated team

  • Switzerland pick up their first win Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Three of the games in session three (5 March) came down to final stone decisions to determine the winners. Scotland, Germany, Switzerland and Russia all added wins to the board to improve their records.

Both in their third match of the championship, Switzerland earned their first win after a battle of single points over Canada. With two close losses on day one of the championship, the Swiss held on in another tight match – this time coming out on the winning side.

Canada stole a single point in the seventh end to level the low-scoring game at 3-3 with one end to play. Having the hammer in the eighth end, the Swiss made no mistakes on their final stone, freezing to a stone in the four-foot to claim a 4-3 win.

Scotland improved their record to 2-1 after beating previously perfect Finland. Scotland capped on the opportunity for a draw for two points in the seventh end to take control of the match 6-3 going into the eighth end. Scotland ran Finland out of stones in the final end to confirm their second victory, while handing Finland their first loss.

Russia remains at the top of the standings as USA let their hard-work slip away after Russia scored a game-winning four points in the eighth end. Unable to score a deuce the entire match, Russia capitalised on key misses by USA in the last end. With a failed attempt at a take-out on their final stone, USA left the house wide-open for the back-to back champions to draw for four points to stun the Americans 7-6.

Germany recorded their first win over host Korea with steals of one point in each the seventh and eighth end. Both Germany and Korea sit at 1-1 in the standings.

They said it:

Claudia Huettenmoser; Switzerland Second (after 4-3 over Canada): “[To win] It’s a stone from the heart! Yesterday we played well and we lost the games and now we made it and maybe it’s our way to go the top. We had the last stone in the eighth end and in other games we had to steal one. Yesterday, with the opening ceremony it was tiring for the body. We had a good night and today we played okay.”

Aileen Neilson; Scotland Skip (after 6-3 over Finland): “The first day you don’t know what the ice is doing and other things. We really got ourselves settled yesterday against China. So again, we are pleased with another win on the board today. We have to be putting out a consistent performance throughout the game but also throughout the competition, and then peak at the end of the week.”

Results session three: Scotland 6-3 Finland; Korea 5-7 Germany; Switzerland 4-3 Canada; USA 6-7 Russia.

Standings after session three (W-L):

Russia 3-0
Finland 2-1
Scotland 2-1
Canada 1-1
Germany 1-1
Korea 1-1
Norway 1-1
Switzerland 1-2
China 0-2
USA 0-2

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