Session 3 Roundup

Hosts Japan picked up their first win of the Championship Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

There were only two games in Sunday morning's third session of round-robin play of the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in Sapporo's Tsukizsamu Gymnasium as Sweden played hosts Japan and Russia faced Norway.

Russia opened strongly when their skip Anna Sidorova scored three points in the first end with a take-out on a Norwegian stone.

They then stole a single point in the second end when Norway's Kristin Skaslien wrecked with her final attempt.

Norway got themselves onto the score board with a double take-out for a single point in the third end, and when the teams took their half-time break, Russia were 9-1 ahead thanks to a steal of a further three points in the fifth end when Skaslien was heavy with her final draw which went through the house.

Norway hit and stayed with their final stone of the sixth end, and then conceded with a final score of 9-2 to Russia.

After the game, Russia's Sidorova said: "We're satisfied with the performance even more than the first game - it’s good to keep a high team performance and we’re getting better from game to game."

Against Sweden, Japan made the first move when, after Sweden had blanked the opening end, the Japanese stole two points in the second end.

Sweden opened their account with a single point in the third end and then, after blanking the fourth end, Japan scored two points to take a 4-1 lead into the fifth end break.

Sweden responded with a score of two points in the sixth end to reduce the Japan lead to 4-3 and then Japan could only score one point in the seventh end.

However in the eighth end, Japan stole a further single point when Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz hit but rolled out of the house with her final stone of the end, giving Japan a 6-3 lead.

In the ninth end, there was only one Japan stone in the house when Prytz came to play her last stone and she was forced to draw inside it to score just one point, reducing Japan's lead to 6-4.

The game was decided in the tenth end when Japan's skip Ayumi Ogasawara hit out one of two Swedish stones sitting in the house, giving Sweden a steal of one point but also giving Japan their first win, by 6-5.

Later, Ogasawara said: "This was our first win and yesterday's loss was because of me. My team-mates played very well but I missed shots. But we knew what to do today and that was the key. We beat the Olympic silver medallists, so we're happy about that."


Session 3: Sweden 5, Japan 6; Norway 2, Russia 9.

Standings after 3 sessions of play (W-L):

1. China (2-0)
1. Russia (2-0)
1. Switzerland (2-0)
4. Canada (1-0)
4. Scotland (1-0)
6. Germany (1-1)
6. Japan (1-1)
8. Denmark (0-1)
8. Finland (0-1)
10. Norway (0-2)
10. Sweden (0-2)
10. USA (0-2)

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

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