WWCC 2013: Day 2 Early Round-up

Germany remain undefeated after beating USA this morning Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Before they faced each other in Sunday's play at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia, Switzerland had won both of their previous games, while China had lost both of theirs.

The Swiss took an early lead in their game but China fought back in the second half, as skip Bingyu Wang scored two points in the sixth end with a well-swept draw to reduce the Swiss lead to 4-3, but Switzerland responded straightaway. Their skip, Silvana Tirinzoni, regained the initiative with a score of three points in the seventh end. In the tenth end, Tirinzoni faced three Chinese counters but was able to remove two of them and keep her own stone in the house to count one point from the end for the 8-5 win that kept their unbeaten record alive.

Afterwards, Switzerland skip, Silvana Tirinzoni, said: "To start with three wins in a world championship is great - very good. It's a long week and it's good to have a good start," adding: "We stayed patient and didn't risk too much. We just made the big shots and she wasn't able to make them herself... that was the difference, it's not that we played so much better than they did, it's just a couple of shots that made the difference."

Hosts Latvia faced Canada in their Sunday afternoon game, with a large and noisy home crowd encouraging them. They fought all the way, with skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune playing a precision draw to the button to take one point from the fifth end of the game, as Canada went into the half-way break with a 5-2 lead. Canada scored two more points in the sixth end for 7-2 but after this, Latvia scored single points in each of the next three ends to close the gap to 7-5. However, they eventually ran out of stones and, as a result are still looking for their first win.

After this win, Canada skip, Rachel Homan, said: "It's really important for us to keep on winning. We want to try and make the play-offs first and then take it from there. I didn't really know anything about Latvia - we've never played them before but we knew it was going to be a tough game."

Scotland and Sweden are among the favourites for medals in this event, but in the round-robin game between them, it was Sweden who held all the cards. They opened the scoring in the first end, scoring three points when fourth player Maria Prytz drew into a busy house. She followed that up with a promote take-out of a solitary Scottish stone to score five points in the fourth end on her way to an overwhelming 11-2 victory in just six ends.

Margaretha Sigfridsson, who skips and plays lead stones for Sweden, said afterwards: "We got off to a good start of course, then we played better than they did. They had a few more good chances to score but we sorted out it. We usually like to play Scotland in the round-robin because we usually win, but today was a great win."

Russia beat Italy by 9-4 in their game. Russian skip, Anna Sidorova, began the scoring with two points in the second end on her way to what is Russia’s second win so far. Meanwhile, Italy, like China, are still looking for their first win after three games played.

There were two games in Sunday morning's session 3, including Japan against Denmark. In the second end of this game, Danish skip, Lene Nielsen, came round a front guard to tap-back a Japanese stone for one point to open the scoring. In the sixth end, Japanese skip Satsuki Fujisawa responded with a hit and stay to score two points for a 3-2 lead, on her way to a 6-4 victory.

Celebrating this win, Japan skip, Satsuki Fujisawa, said: "We're really enjoying playing against the top teams in the world. We have also played some great games and we have really enjoyed playing here so far. We didn't have any special strategy today, or do anything else other than what we usually do. We are just here to fight, play like usual, but we need to make sure that we read the ice correctly and continue to make good shots."

In the other morning game, former champion Andrea Schoepp led her German team to a 6-5 win over USA. This was despite a strong fight back by the Americans, who scored three points in the ninth end to level the score at 5-5. However, in the tenth end, USA skip Erika Brown was heavy with her last stone, handing Germany the one point needed for their win.

After this game, Schoepp said: "Two games, two wins....surprise surprise! I'm pleased with that because as a team we haven't won so many games against Erika, for me it's good. I still think we can play a little bit better than we did today."

Speaking about giving up the three in the ninth end, she added: "We played a bit of a stupid tactic and then we missed a few shots in the ninth...it happens."

Session 3:
Japan 6, Denmark 4; USA 5, Germany 6.
Session 4: China 5, Switzerland 8; Canada 7, Latvia 5; Sweden 11, Scotland 2; Russia 9, Italy 4.

Standings after 4 sessions:
Switzerland won 3, lost 0
Germany 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Russia 2-1
Canada 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Denmark 1-1
USA 1-1
Japan 1-1
Latvia 0-2
Italy 0-3
China 0-3

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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