WWCC 2013: Day 4 Evening Round-up

Canada lost out to Sweden this evening Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Scotland and Sweden both had wins in the Tuesday evening session at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia to stay at the top of the standings together, on six wins and one loss each.

Hosts Latvia were still looking for a round-robin win when they faced Scotland in this session. The Scots controlled the game from the start as their skip, Eve Muirhead, drew into the open side of the house in the seventh end to score three points and take a substantial 8-4 lead. When Scotland scored a further point in the ninth end for 9-4, Latvia conceded.

After this, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead said: "It's rewarding to be able to execute like that. That's what we came out to do today, so that's ideal and we're definitely going up the way now."

The Sweden - Canada game was always going to be tight, and Swedish fourth player Maria Prytz hit for one point in the sixth end to take a 3-2 lead. Sweden added another point with a steal in the seventh end, and Canada responded with two points in the eighth end to level at 4-4.

Sweden succeeded in blanking the ninth end, and, in the tenth end, Prytz hit out the only Canadian stone in the house to score four points and give Sweden the an 8-4 win that kept them in joint top position with Scotland.

After this game, Sweden's skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said: "We were really in trouble in this game, several times, so it feels very good to get this win. We have several games to go so we need a few more wins, but we're happy and will sleep well tonight."

Germany faced Denmark in this session and German skip Andrea Schoepp opened the scoring with a draw for two points in the second end, after blanking the first. This game stayed tight all the way, and was only decided in an extra end after an umpire's measure in the tenth end gave one point to Germany to tie the score at 5-5.

Denmark had last stone advantage in this end, and skip Lene Nielsen used it to score the one point needed for her win. Afterwards, she said: "That was a very close game, as always against the Germans. We really wanted to get this win - we've had a few very close games that we've lost at the very end, so this was a great relief. Now we need as many wins as possible, so we're just going to keep fighting."

USA faced Japan in this session and, in the seventh end of the game, USA already had two stones counting in the house when USA skip Erika Brown had an open draw to score three and take an 8-3 lead. Japan conceded after the next end when USA stole another two points, with the final score 10-3 to USA.

A delighted USA skip Erika Brown said: "That was a big one today. We had a tough one this morning and we really needed this one if we wanted to stay around. We've got a lot of wins we need to keep earning."

Session 11:
Germany 5, Denmark 6 (extra end); Latvia 4, Scotland 9; Japan 3, USA 10; Canada 4, Sweden 8.

Standings after 11 sessions:
Scotland won 6, lost 1
Sweden 6-1
Russia 5-2
Canada 4-3
Switzerland 4-3
USA 4-3
Japan 4-3
Germany 3-4
Italy 2-5
Denmark 2-5
China 2-5
Latvia 0-7

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

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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