WWCC 2013: Day 3 Early Round-up

Scotland defeated China this morning Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

After seven sessions of play in the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championships in Riga, Latvia, Sweden stand alone undefeated at the top of the rankings.

They had their fourth win on Monday morning, beating Switzerland by 9-0 in just six ends. They scored two points in the first end, and, after the Swiss blanked the second end, Sweden scored in every other end - without last stone advantage. After giving up three points in the sixth end, the Swiss conceded without scoring a point in the whole game.

Afterwards, Sweden skip and lead player, Margaretha Sigfridsson, said: "The secret is to really get going in the beginning and to play quite easy. That is our strategy in the beginning of the games. Sometimes we are slow starters but we have worked on that for a few years now and I think we're getting there. We need to keep on playing well, feeling good and getting rest when we can. It's an intense week with many games so we just need to keep on focusing."

The Swiss then came back on the ice for the afternoon session, and again suffered defeat, this time at the hands of Russia, who won a tight game by 8-4, helped by a score of two points in the eighth end.

Earlier, Russia had also lost in the morning session, by 4-5 to Canada. This was a close game all the way. In the ninth end, Russia's skip, Anna Sidorova, scored one point to tie the game at 4-4. Then, in the tenth end, Canadian skip Rachel Homan drew inside some Russian stones to score the one point needed for her 5-4 victory.

After both these games, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova said: "Playing good and losing is not funny. To compare both of these games today, we felt a bit more confident in the second one, especially after getting a deuce in the third. But we were a bit more confident and aggressive after this morning's game. We are always learning, this is a really big experience before the Olympic Games and we want to get it right if we want to be successful in the Olympics."

Meanwhile, after their game against Russia, Canadian skip Rachel Homan, said: "That was a tough battle but we played really well in the end. We're learning the ice, learning the rocks and we're really gelling as a team, so it's been good, it's fun."

In the morning session China looked like they might pick up their first win when they led Scotland by 4-2 after six ends. But in the seventh end Scotland scored four points when skip Eve Muirhead played a double take-out. This gave the Scots a 6-4 lead, and they went on to win by 8-5.

There was further heart-break for China in their afternoon game against Italy. This went to an extra end and with her last stone China's skip Bingyu Wang's take-out of an Italian stone jammed, forcing an umpire's measure. The Italian stone was judged to be closer and it was they who scored a single point to win by 7-6.

This was the second Italian win of the day. In the morning session they beat hosts Latvia by 7-5. After what was her first win so far, Italian skip, Diana Gaspari, said: "Finally. As always, we have a slow start in Championships. We have the problem that we don't have many games during the season so we need a couple of days to get used to the ice and everything. But we'll keep trusting ourselves. We're on the right way so we just need to continue making more shots."

In the game between USA and Denmark, the Americans led 3-0 after three ends. In the fourth end, Danish skip, Lene Nielsen, opened her account with a well-swept draw-shot to score one point. However USA kept ahead and moved into a 6-3 lead in the seventh end when skip Erika Brown hit to score two points. Although the Danes fought back again, the USA eventually won by 7-6.

The fourth game of the afternoon session between Germany and Japan went all the way to an extra end, and Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa played a strong double take-out to score two points with her last stone and win by 6-4. Afterwards, she said: "It was a close and tough game. In the tenth end we only allowed them to make one score which I think got us the victory."

Session 6:
Russia 4, Canada 5; Scotland 8, China 5; Latvia 5, Italy 7; Sweden 9, Switzerland 0.
Session 7: Italy 7, China 6; Germany 4, Japan 6; Russia 8, Switzerland 4; USA 7, Denmark 6.

Standings after 7 sessions:
Sweden won 4, lost 0
Scotland 3-1
Canada 3-1
Japan 3-1
Switzerland 3-2
Russia 3-2
Germany 2-2
USA 2-2
Italy 2-3
Denmark 1-3
Latvia 0-4
China 0-5

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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