World Wheelchair play-off race tightens at the round robin half-way point

  • China defeat hosts Scotland to move into joint second place © WCF / Richard Gray

With the results from Wednesday morning’s ninth session of round-robin play at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 in Stirling, Scotland, the play-off race has tightened with four teams sharing second place in the rankings at the half-way stage.

China, Russia and Latvia all won in this session to take their record to four wins and two losses to move into second place alongside Switzerland. While Norway’s win in this session took them into the clear lead on five wins and one loss.

After their defeat in Tuesday evening’s eighth session China faced hosts Scotland this morning and raced out to a quick 5-0 lead with steals of one point in the first end, then further steals of two points in both the second and third ends.

Scotland responded with two points in the fourth end and a steal of one point in the fifth end, before China’s two points in the seventh end gave them the 7-3 win.

China lead, Zhuo Yan said, after their win, “All the nations are very good in this competition and everyone has improved the level of their curling. After the game yesterday [against Canada] the coach had a team meeting and told us to go and enjoy ourselves today. Scotland were a little more open today, than Canada which helped us. But I think we can play better.”

Russia bounced back from Tuesday evening’s defeat to win a close game against Slovakia, 8-4.

Slovakia opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, but Russia replied with a single point of their own, then stole a single point in the third end.

Slovakia tied the game at the break with a single point of their own in the fourth end. Then took the lead in the fifth end with a steal of two points.

The game changed completely in the sixth end when Russia loaded the house full of stones for a score of five points after Slovakia were unable to get any of their draws into shot position.

Russia went on to steal a single point in the seventh end then Slovakia conceded with the score 8-4.

Russia skip, Andrey Smirnov said after their win, “We lost yesterday, but we slept on it and today it was a new day, new page. There aren’t any big differences between the teams now, we’re all quite similar, so really, we’re fighting with our own mistakes. If everything is okay with us, then we’re fine and confident we can win.”

Latvia defeated Switzerland 7-3 in this session. Latvia scored two points in the second and fourth ends to take a 4-3 lead into the break. Then, in the second half of the game Latvia stole single points in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends on the way to their fourth win of the week.

In the session’s fourth game, Norway moved into clear first place when they defeated Estonia 6-2. The teams were level at the break at 2-2, before Norway took control in the second half to score a single point in the fifth end, then steal three points over the next two ends.

Results

Session nine: Switzerland 3-7 Latvia; Estonia 2-6 Norway; China 7-3 Scotland; Slovakia 4-8 Russia.

Standings (W-L)

Norway 5-1
China 4-2
Latvia 4-2
Russia 4-2
Switzerland 4-2
United States 3-2
Scotland 3-2
Korea 2-3
Estonia 2-4
Slovakia 2-4
Canada 1-4
Germany 0-5

You can follow the results and coverage of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 on Twitter, Instagram (@worldcurling | @wwhcc2019) and Facebook (@WorldCurlingFederation | @wwhcc19) and by searching the hashtags #WWhCC2019 #curling