WWCC 2013: Day 5 Early Round-up

Sweden, along with Scotland, top the standings Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

CURLING: Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 – Day 5 Early Round-up

For immediate release: 20 March 2013

Riga, Latvia – Both Scotland and Sweden kept their winning runs going in Wednesday's play at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia, to stay joined together at the top of the round-robin standings.

Sweden were up against Japan in the morning session, and, after Japan opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, in the second end, Swedish fourth player Maria Prytz spilt out some Japanese stones with a well-judged hit, to score three points.

The Swedes followed that up with a steal of two points in the third end and put the result beyond doubt In the seventh, end when Prytz produced a hit and stay to score two points for an 8-4 lead.

Eventually Sweden won this game by 9-4 and afterwards skip Margaretha Sigfridsson, who plays lead stones, said: "I think it's one of the best championships we've had. We had a really good championship in Moscow (European Championships 2011), but this is certainly the best Worlds we've had. We played really well today, especially Maria throwing last stones. She was magnificent today."

Japan then went on to suffer a second loss, going down by 3-10 to Russia in the afternoon session. Russia had a good start in this game, scoring three points in the first end when skip Anna Sidorova played a good hit.

The Russians moved further ahead in the fifth end with another hit for three points and a 7-2 halftime lead. They scored a further two points in the eighth and final end, to win by 10-3 when Japan conceded.

Afterwards, Sidorova said: "I feel great after such a comfortable win. It's also very important for us because tonight we're going to play Sweden, who are a big name. We're trying to be confident and perform well tonight. The plan is to reach the medal games and our main goal is to take the gold medal here."

Like Sweden, Scotland have been making short work of their opponents through the week, but they were taken all the way to the tenth end before they beat Denmark, by 8-6 in morning play.

The Danes took the early lead in this game when skip Lene Nielsen scored two in the second end, but Scottish skip Eve Muirhead then drew into a busy house to score three points in the third end.

Muirhead then scored another three points with a delicate tap-out in the seventh end. Denmark responded with a hit for one point in the eighth end, but, when a split attempt with her last stone didn't work out, they could not close the gap and Scotland won by 8-6.

Afterwards, Muirhead conceded her team had not been at its best, saying: "We just weren't as sharp as we had been yesterday. In any major championships you can't have slack games. We just weren't quite as sharp - it wasn't bad - we knew it was always going to be tough against Denmark, but overall, we're still happy."

Denmark bounced back from this defeat in their afternoon game against Italy. The Italians started in the best possible way, stealing four points in the second end when Danish skip Lene Nielsen rolled out with her last stone.

The Danes fought back from this and eventually won by 9-7 when Italy's skip, Diana Gaspari, came up short with her last draw in the tenth end, giving Denmark a steal of two points needed to win.

Germany suffered two defeats, by 5-8 to Canada in the morning game, and then by 3-7 to Switzerland in the afternoon session.

Canada had been beaten on Tuesday evening and their skip Rachel Homan was thinking back to that after their win over Germany, saying: "It was really good to bounce back - morning games seem to be our thing. We just need to keep winning and we'll be able to make the play-offs."

Even although she won against Germany, Switzerland skip, Silvana Tirinzoni, was not happy with her team's performance, saying: "That was a horrible game for both teams. We had misses on easy shots, but in the end, it's a victory and we'll take it. We're glad that we won but we have to play better to beat Canada tonight."

USA had a mixed day, beating Latvia in the morning when they scored two points with a hit in the sixth end to conclude the game with a final score of 9-2 in their favour. After this game USA skip Erika Brown said: "We just made a lot of precision shots and put the rocks in really tough places. Latvia was forced to make some really difficult shots.”

The Americans were on track for completing a second win this afternoon, going into the ninth end 5-4 up against China. But then the Pacific-Asia champions piled on the pressure and eventually their skip Bingyu Wang hit to score five points for a score of 9-5, at which point it was USA's turn to concede.

Session 12:
Japan 4, Sweden 9; Canada 8, Germany 5; Scotland 8, Denmark 6; Latvia 2, USA 9.
Session 13: USA 5, China 9; Denmark 9, Italy 7; Switzerland 7, Germany 3; Japan 3, Russia 10.

Standings after 13 sessions:
Scotland won 7, lost 1
Sweden 7-1
Russia 6-2
Canada 5-3
Switzerland 5-3
USA 5-4;
Japan 4-5
China 3-5
Germany 3-6
Denmark 3-6
Italy 2-6
Latvia 0-8

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

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