WWCC 2013: Day 6 Early Round-up

Home nation, Latvia, picked up their first win today Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Scotland and Sweden won both of their games in the last day of round-robin action at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia to proceed to the Page 1 versus 2 Play-off, but for many the highlight of the day was Latvia finally recording their first win when they beat Switzerland by 8-7.

This was to be the only win of the event for the Latvians as they went down by 5-8 to Denmark in their concluding game, but they thoroughly enjoyed their achievement and were clapped off the ice by everyone watching.

Afterwards, skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune said: "'It's good, it's really good and I hope we deserved it. All of the week there was something missing, but this game I think we did great. Our performance was better today but of course we still have to improve. It just feels great to get this win." She continued: "I don't think we have felt extra pressure playing here in Latvia. In fact, I think it really helps. These spectators are giving us energy when they are cheering for us and giving us a great feeling. It has been a great experience which we have enjoyed incredibly."

Sweden beat Italy by 10-4 in their morning game. They started out strongly, with fourth player Maria Prytz hitting to score two points in the opening end. They made further progress in the seventh end when Prytz played a draw to score another two points on the score-board for an 8-4 lead and eventually won by 10-4.

In the afternoon session, they faced Germany and in the second end Prytz again hit to score three points to give them a comfortable lead. They added three more in the fourth end when Prytz made a strong double take-out for a 6-3 lead. Germany's Andrea Schoepp fought back, scoring two in the seventh end with a double take-out to reduce Sweden's lead to 7-5, but Sweden went on to win by 8-6.

Sweden beat Scotland when they met earlier in the week, so they now go into the Page 1-2 game with last stone advantage. After the Germany game, skip and lead player Margaretha Sigfridsson said: "Andrea is always hard to beat and she will never lay down. So you just have to keep on playing well." Looking forward to the Page 1-2 she added: "it will be a very tough game against Eve. We are confident in the way we play and we need to bring that out against Eve. We've given ourselves the best advantage during the round-robin games, so let's take that on."

The Scots also had two wins. In the morning they faced Russia and opened with a steal of two points when Russia skip Anna Sidorova came up short with a draw. Scotland skip, Eve Muirhead, played a nice draw to score two points in the fifth end for a 5-2 lead and then the Scots stole three points in the sixth end when Sidorova came up short again. This gave the Scots an 8-2 lead, and they eventually won by 9-2.

In the afternoon, the Scots played USA, and won by 8-4. The Scottish break-through in this game came in the fourth end when skip Eve Muirhead drew to score four points and take a 6-1 lead.

Afterwards, Muirhead said: "The first job was to qualify for the 1-2 and that's what we've done. That was another solid game. We didn't want to come out and have a slack game, so it was good to keep strong and finish dominantly."

Canada will qualify in third place for the Page games, thanks to wins over China, by 7-4 in the morning session, and then Japan, by 8-4.

They will have to wait for the concluding session of round-robin play on Thursday evening to find out who they will play with Russia, Switzerland and the USA all in action, and all battling for survival.

After the game against Japan, Canadian skip Rachel Homan said: "This is our first time at Women's Worlds. It's amazing, we're really excited to make the play-offs. We've had to battle all week but I'm really proud of my team. We'll try not to think about curling tonight and prepare as best as we can for the 3 versus 4 game."

Session 15:
Scotland 9, Russia 2; Switzerland 7, Latvia 8 (extra end); Sweden 10, Italy 4; China 4, Canada 7.
Session 16: Denmark 8, Latvia 5; Scotland 8, USA 4; Canada 8, Japan 4; Germany 6, Sweden 8.

Standings after 16 sessions:
Sweden won 10, lost 1
Scotland 10-1
Canada 8-3
Russia 6-4
Switzerland 5-5
USA 5-5
Denmark 4-6
Japan 4-6
China 4-6
Germany 3-7
Italy 2-8
Latvia 1-10

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

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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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