WWCC 2013: Day 5 Evening Round-up

Italy have struggled to find consistency in Riga Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Joint leaders Scotland and Sweden both won their Thursday evening round-robin games at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia to guarantee themselves places in the weekend Page Play-off line-up.

In their game, Sweden faced Russia and took a big advantage in the fourth end when Russian skip Anna Sidorova missed a draw attempt with her last stone to give up a steal of four points for a 5-1 lead to the Swedes. After this, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz drew into the house for two points in the seventh end and an 8-3 lead. Eventually Sweden won by 10-3.

Afterwards, Swedish skip, Margaretha Sigfridsson, who also plays lead stones, said: "It feels good to get this win and play really well. It was tight in the beginning, then we got our good end when we stole a four. Then after that we were almost 100% I think."

Meanwhile Scotland faced Italy and they scored one point in the opening end. Italy's Diana Gaspari then played a delicate tap on a Scottish stone to score two points in the second end. Muirhead drew for two points in the third end and then the Scots stole one point in the fifth end before stealing another two points in the sixth end.

Good Scottish stone positioning in the seventh end forced Italy to draw for one and give the Scots last stone in the eighth end where they scored two points for an 8-3 lead. The Scots once again forced Italy to take one point in the ninth end and then ran the Italians out of stones in the tenth end for their 8-4 win.

After this game, a delighted Muirhead said: "It was solid out there and that's guaranteed us a play-off slot. That was our first goal, so I'm really chuffed. Now we've just got to concentrate, we want to get into the right play-off, the one-two play-off."

Canada and Switzerland both have strong play-off chances and they faced each other in this session. In what was a tight game, Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni drew for one point in the seventh end before Canada's skip, Rachel Homan, tapped out a Swiss stone to score three points in the eighth end to take a 7-3 lead on her way to a 7-4 victory.

This win put s Canada in joint third place with Russia and Canadian skip Homan said: "It was a really good battle out there for both teams. We both knew we had to win that for the standings. The team really played well and made the shots when we needed them. We need to keep going tomorrow and we'll make the play-offs."

The fourth game of the session was between China and Latvia. In this game the Latvian skip, Iveta Stasa-Sarsune, played a nice draw in the sixth end to score one point and light up the large home crowd. China however, sealed the win in the ninth end when skip Bingyu Wang drew for two points and a 7-3 victory, leaving Latvia still looking for an elusive first win.

After this game, China skip Bingyu Wang said: "I don't think we can make play-offs. We have two more games and we will be trying everything to win both of them.” Thinking back to her team's poor start in which they lost their first five games, she added: "I think we have grown up over the last few years, but for this championship, the start was tough."

Session 14:
Canada 7, Switzerland 4; Sweden 10, Russia 3; China 7, Latvia 3; Scotland 8, Italy 4.

Standings after 14 sessions:
Scotland won 8, lost 1
Sweden 8-1
Canada 6-3
Russia 6-3
USA 5-4
Switzerland 5-4
Japan 4-5
China 4-5
Germany 3-6
Denmark 3-6
Italy 2-7
Latvia 0-9

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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