WWCC 2013: Day 1 Evening Round-up

Sweden spoiled the opening party, defeating hosts Latvia 7-4 Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The Latvian team was unable to provide the home crowd with a fairytale start when they opened their campaign in the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia in Saturday evening's second session of round-robin play, eventually going down by 4-7 to Sweden.

The Latvians started well but Sweden scored four points in the fifth end to take a 6-2 lead, and although Latvian skip, Iveta Stasa-Sarsune, drew nicely for a single point in the ninth end, it was all too little too late and Sweden won.

Afterwards Swedish skip, Margaretha Sigfridsson, who plays lead stones, said: "Yes it was a good start and it felt good. We liked the ice and got a hold of it early on, so it was a good game. We got a bit lucky with the four but I think we felt that we were playing good anyway. It's a long week and of course we want to grab a really good medal, but it's going to be hard work, there's a lot of really good teams here."

Italy had a good start against Switzerland, stealing three points in the first end, but the Swiss started their recovery in the second end, with skip Silvana Tirinzoni hitting to score one point on her way to a 9-3 win. This was a second win for Switzerland who sit on top of the rankings.

European champions Russia had lost their first game earlier, so the pressure was on for their game against China. Skip Anna Sidorova was up to the task, drawing for two points in the fourth end to take a 4-1 lead. She then wrapped up the match with a score of one point in the ninth end that gave her a 6-4 victory.

After this game, Russian skip, Anna Sidorova, said: "That was a pretty close game but we were leading throughout. Every shot had to be really good, and I knew that if we played well we would control the game, and we did. It was tougher to play after a not-so-good performance earlier. We knew that we could play better and we're trying to increase our level every game. Being European champion adds extra pressure. When other teams are playing against us, it's not like it was before. Now every team is taking us seriously and they try to play as well as they can against us."

In the fourth game of the session, Scotland faced Canada in what was the opening game for both teams. Scottish skip Eve Muirhead opened strongly, scoring two points in the first end with a draw-shot.

Canada then had an unfortunate mishap in the second end when one of their sweepers slipped and burned the running stone, handing Scotland a steal of one point with one of their stones already sitting in the house.

But Canada fought back from this early reversal and in fact levelled in the seventh end at 4-4 when their skip, Rachel Homan, tapped out a Scottish stone and kept her own in the house to score two points. Scotland then scored in both the eighth and ninth ends for their 6-4 win.

Afterwards, Scottish skip, Eve Muirhead, said: "It was one of our goals when we came out here - to get off to a good start, and especially against Canada. We know Canada is such a good team and it's always close games against them. We got off to a great start and then unfortunately for them they had the fall in the second end which gave us a steal of one."

Session 2:
Sweden 7, Latvia 4; Italy 3, Switzerland 9; China 4, Russia 6; Scotland 6, Canada 4.

Standings after 2 sessions:
Switzerland won 2, lost 0
Denmark 1-0
Germany 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Sweden 1-0
USA 1-0
Russia 1-1
Canada 0-1
Japan 0-1
Latvia 0-1
Italy 0-2
China 0-2

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).

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The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in St John, New Brunswick, Canada from 15-23 March in the Harbour Station – the same venue as the 1999 World Championships.

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