WWCC 2013: Day 3 Evening Round-up

Hosts Latvia could still not find their first win this evening Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

They were taken all the way to an extra end by opponents Denmark, but Sweden emerged from Monday evening's eighth session of round-robin play in the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia with their unbeaten record in intact.

In this game, Denmark blanked the first three ends and then scored one point in the fourth end. Sweden then scored one point in the fifth end to level, and then stole two points in the seventh end and one point in the eighth for a 4-1 lead.

Denmark then fought back, with skip Lene Nielsen hitting in the ninth end to score one point to close the gap before eventually forcing the extra end thanks to a steal of two points in the tenth end to draw level at 4-4.

In that extra end Sweden scored the one point they needed for their 5-4 victory with a delicate draw-shot that was swept into position by the whole team.

Afterwards, Sweden skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said: "Denmark were quite defensive and we didn't have hammer so we tried to make them score one. Then, when we got the game going, we scored a few points and felt that we had a great game."

Scotland faced Japan in this session. In the third end of this game the Scots scored four points when skip Eve Muirhead's final draw was well-swept all the way to the button.

Then, in the eighth end, Muirhead hit out two Japanese stones while her own stayed, to score one point and win the game. Afterwards, Muirhead said: "We came out a lot sharper there than in every other game. That's what we needed to do. We won the draw shot, put a two up on the scoreboard in the first end, forced the one, and then came away with that big four-ender in the third."

The American showdown between Canada and USA went to an extra end in which USA skip Erika Brown took out a Canadian stone with her own last to leave another one of her stones that was clinging on at the back to score the one point needed for her 5-4 win.

A pleased Brown said afterwards: "We played a lot sharper. We gave ourselves a good talking to after yesterday with the two losses. We knew we had to get it going and get back in the win column. Everyone was just fired up and ready to go today."

Meanwhile Canadian skip Rachel Homan said: "They played really well and we weren't there tonight. We were on a lot of different levels, but I think we'll come back firing tomorrow."

Latvia were still looking for their first win of the week when they came on to face Germany. As usual, they fought hard but Germany were too strong. Germany's skip, Andrea Schoepp, had a nice draw for two points in the seventh end to take a 5-2 lead. Latvian skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune followed this with a draw for one point in the eighth end to close the gap to 5-3 in Germany's favour and the Germans eventually won by 6-3.

Session 8:
Scotland 8, Japan 3; USA 5, Canada 4 (extra end); Denmark 4, Sweden 5 (extra end); Latvia 3, Germany 6.

Standings after 8 sessions:
Sweden won 5, lost 0
Scotland 4-1
Canada 3-2
Germany 3-2
Switzerland 3-2
USA 3-2
Russia 3-2
Japan 3-2
Italy 2-3
Denmark 1-4
Latvia 0-5
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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