WWCC 2013: Day 6 Evening Round-up

USA skip, Erika Brown, led her team to victory over Russia and into the tie-breakers tomorrow Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The final round-robin session of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women's Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia featured the battle for the fourth and last place in the Page Play-offs, with the top three teams - Sweden, Scotland and Canada all sitting out.

Russia and the USA faced each other, with both having a chance of keeping their medal hopes alive. USA made the first break-through when they scored two points in the fifth end for a 4-1 lead.

After this Russia changed their line-up, with regular third Liudmila Privivkova and skip Anna Sidorova swapping positions, and alternate Nkeiruka Ezekh coming on instead of regular second player Margarita Fomina.

This seemed to galvanise the Russians and eventually Privivkova had a hit to score one point in the tenth to tie the game at 5-5 and force the extra end. In this end, USA skip Erika Brown hit out a Russian stone, leaving another of her own stones to score the one point needed for her 6-5 win.

Afterwards, Brown said: "Nothing like a little drama! Things were looking good in that last end though. Everyone made lots of great shots. Everyone stayed positive and believed we were going to win it. It just took a little longer than we’d hoped."

This win for USA means that they share the same won six, lost five record as Russia, and they are joined on that record by Switzerland, who eventually beat Denmark by 8-5.

These three teams are now involved in a tie-breaker series to determine the last slot in the Page Play-offs. USA have the best draw shot challenge record of the three, so they will face the winner between Switzerland and Russia in the second tie-breaker.

After her win over Denmark, Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni was a nervous spectator as the USA - Russia match unfolded. Afterwards, she said: "We're still alive. I'm just happy to be in the tie-break games."

Meanwhile, Russia's Sidorova echoed: "Tie-breaker now*quest* We're looking forward to it," and about their line-up change she explained: "We used to change it around before. I believe in Lucy (Privivkova) and I trust her. She was more confident than I was with last stones," and asked how she was going to make the Page Play-off game, she said simply: "We need to play better."

In the other games in this session, Italy beat Germany by 7-6 while Japan had a 10-6 win over China.

Session 17:
Italy 7, Germany 6; Japan 10, China 6; USA 6, Russia 5 (extra end): Denmark 5, Switzerland 8.

Standings after 17 sessions:
Sweden won 10, lost 1 (to play Scotland in 1v2 Page Play-off)
Scotland 10-1 (to play Sweden in 1v2 Page Play-off)
Canada 8-3 (to play winner of tie-breakers in 3v4 Page Play-off)
USA 6-5 (to play winner of Russia v Switzerland tie-breaker)
Russia 6-5 (to play Switzerland in tie-breaker)
Switzerland 6-5 (to play Russia in tie-breaker)
7. Japan 5-6
8. Denmark 4-7
9. China 4-7
10. Italy 3-8
11. Germany 3-8
12. Latvia 1-10

The tie-breaker between Russia and Switzerland will be played at 09:00 (EET) on Friday 22 March.

USA will play the winner of Russia v Switzerland at 14:00 (EET) on Friday 22 March.

Sweden will play Scotland in the 1v2 Page Play-off at 19:00 (EET) on Friday 22 March.

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).

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

The live coverage schedule will be available along with news, live scores and galleries on the event website: http://wwcc2013.worldcurling.net

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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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