WWCC 2013: Day 4 Early Round-up

China picked up two wins today, the first of the Championship Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

CURLING: Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 – Day 4 Early Round-up

For immediate release: 19 March 2013

Riga, Latvia – China had yet to record a win as Tuesday's play got underway at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia, but by the end of the afternoon session, they had posted two victories, including one against previously undefeated Sweden.

In their morning game, they played Germany and opened with two points in the first end. They were never headed after that and, in the tenth end, China skip Bingyu Wang hit out the only German stone in the house and kept her own within the rings to score one point. This gave her a first win of the week, by 7-5.

China then went on to face Sweden in the afternoon session, and in the tenth end of this game Swedish fourth player Maria Prytz was too strong with her final delivery, leaving China to steal one point and win the game by 6-4.

After the win against Sweden, Wang said: "I feel so great. Everything went well for us. We've had a tough start, losing five games, but right now it feels like we know how to play the game here." She added: "We're not over-thinking the game - we're just thinking about one rock at a time, one end at a time. I hope this is the turning point. We have five more games and we hope we can win all of them."

This was Sweden's first defeat, and that result, as well as Scotland's win over Switzerland in the afternoon session, means that these two teams are tied at the top of the table, each on five wins and one loss.

Against the Swiss, Scotland had a good start, scoring two in the first end and, in the ninth end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead had a hit and stay to score five points for 11-4, at which point Switzerland conceded the game.

Afterwards, Muirhead said: "We came out sharp, won the draw shot, which is always our first goal, and then got two early. I think it's about consistency now. All the girls are playing great. It's going to be tough for a lot of teams to beat us."

Earlier, Switzerland had beaten USA by 7-6 after an extra end. Switzerland made the first break-through in this game when their skip, Silvana Tirinzoni, drew into the house to score two points in the fourth end and take a 3-2 lead.

The Swiss then had a steal of two points in the ninth end when USA skip Erika Brown was too heavy with her draw. This gave Switzerland a 7-4 lead on their way to a 7-6 victory.

After this game, Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni said: "That was a very important win, especially after yesterday when we had two terrible losses. It's good to be back in the wins."

Russia had two wins today, and both were tight. They beat Denmark by 5-4 in their morning game. Russian skip, Anna Sidorova, made a brave draw in the sixth end of this game to get inside three Danish stones and level at 3-3. Eventually, in the tenth end, Danish skip Lene Nielsen was just out with her last stone, giving Russia a steal of one point and a 5-4 victory.

After this game, Sidorova said: "That was really an important win. It was pretty difficult because to reach the play-offs we had to win this game. The whole tenth end was absolutely not on our side. My first stone was good and then there was a mistake by their skip and no-one expected this. We've been playing pretty well, but this game was a bit nervous and that's why we didn't play so well."

Russia were then pushed all the way by home nation Latvia in their afternoon game, before winning by 9-7, thanks largely to a score of three in the ninth end.

Italy suffered two losses, going down by 4-6 to Japan, and then by 6-7 to Canada. After her win over Italy, Japanese skip Satsuki Fujisawa said: "The whole game was pretty good to us. If we win tonight's game against the USA we have a big chance to go to the play-offs. We are doing pretty well so far so I am pretty confident."

Canada's skip Rachel Homan was also looking forward after beating Italy. She said: "It was good to get that win under our belt, and we've got a tough game against Sweden tonight, so we're going to have to prepare for that one. We're struggling with the ice a little bit , but every game that we play we end up a little bit better."

Session 9:
Switzerland 7, USA 6; Russia 5, Denmark 4; Germany 5, China 7; Italy 4, Japan 6.
Session 10: Latvia 7, Russia 9; China 6, Sweden 4; Italy 6, Canada 7; Switzerland 4, Scotland 11.

Standings after 10 sessions:
Scotland won 5, lost 1
Sweden 5-1
Russia 5-2
Canada 4-2
Japan 4-2
Switzerland 4-3
Germany 3-3
USA 3-3
Italy 2-5
China 2-5
Denmark 1-5
Latvia 0-6

Note: Teams with the same win-loss record are listed by average draw shot challenge

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