Session 7 Roundup

Russia remain the only team undefeated Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia maintained their undefeated record as they beat Sweden in Monday afternoon's seventh session of round-robin play in the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship being staged in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, Japan.

Russia opened with a score of two points in the first end and then had a single steal in the second end to take a 3-0 lead.

In the third end, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz was facing three counting Russian stones when she drew her final stone onto the button to score one point and get her team onto the score-board for the first time in the game.

However, in the next end Russia skip Anna Sidorova hit out a Swedish stone to score two points and move onto a 5-1 lead.

The teams then swapped single points and Russia moved further ahead, scoring two in the eighth end for an 8-3 lead.

They followed that up with a steal of one point in the ninth end and Sweden conceded the game, at 9-3, giving Russia their fourth win from four games.

China and Switzerland were tied together in second place on the rankings when they met each other in this session.

The Swiss took the early lead with a steal of two points in the third end for a 3-1 lead.

In the seventh end of the game, Switzerland's Alina Paetz hit out a Chinese stone to score one point to move her lead to 4-2.

Eventually Switzerland scored three points in the ninth end to complete their 7-3 victory.

After the game, Paetz said: "We struggled a bit at the beginning. I think our steal of two was the turning point. We're happy with our position now. Our goal is top six and we're on our way, trying to improve with every game."

USA, still looking for their first win, faced Germany. In the eighth end German skip Daniela Driendl drew her final stone into the house for two points to level the score at 4-4.

In the tenth end, Driendl produced another draw into a collection of stones around the button to score two points, win the game by 6-5, and still leave USA without a win.

Speaking later, Driendl said: "Today was a really hard day. I struggled in the first game and I wasn't confident in the second game there, but the two in the eighth was very important to bring us back into the game and then we felt confident that we could win this."

In the game between hosts Japan and Norway, the score was 5-3 to Japan as the teams played the eighth end.

There, Norway skip Kristen Moen Skaslien drew her final stone into the house to score two points and tie the game at 5-5.

The game came down to the last stone and Japan's skip Ayumi Ogasawara drew it into the house to score one point and win by 6-5.

After the game, Ogasawara spoke about her tense last stone, saying: "Well as a skip it's my job to get a good shot at the end, that’s what I have to do."

She also spoke about the enthusiastic home crowd, saying: "They were awesome and fabulous. This was the first time that I've had crowd support at this level in a World Championship and that helped a lot."


Session 7: China 3, Switzerland 7; Russia 9, Sweden 3; USA 5, Germany 6; Norway 5, Japan 6.

Standings after 7 sessions of play (W-L)
1. Russia (4-0)
2. Switzerland (4-1)
3. Canada (3-1)
3. Japan (3-1)
5. China (3-2)
5. Germany (3-2)
7. Finland (2-2)
7. Scotland (2-2)
9. Denmark (1-3)
9. Sweden (1-3)
11. Norway (0-4)
12. USA (0-5)

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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