Session 10 Roundup

Switzerland remain at the top of the standings having won six games and lost one Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland beat Finland in Tuesday afternoon's tenth round-robin session of the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship, being staged in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium, Sapporo, Japan to hold on to their table-topping position, followed closely by Canada who defeated USA.

In their game against Finland, Switzerland took an advantage in the second end when Swiss skip Alina Paetz drew in to the house to score three points for a 3-1 lead.

She followed that up with a hit for two points in the fifth end to tie the game at 5-5 as the teams went into the fifth end break.

The second half of the game stayed tight and, in the tenth end, Switzerland scored one point for the 8-7 win that keeps then at the top of the rankings.

This session also featured the North American clash between Canada and the USA.

In the fourth end of the game Canada skip Jennifer Jones drew her second stone into the house to score three points and take a 5-1 lead.

While USA battled, Canada never looked back from this and they finished off the game with a steal of three points in the eighth end for a 10-2 win.

This game featured an unusual incident in the fifth end when four measuring attempts by the umpire could not decide shot-stone between two, causing a blank end to be declared.

Afterwards, Jones said: "I’m really happy. We’ve got some wins under our belt, we just need to get a few more. We’ll try to do more of the same but Denmark are playing well so we’ll need to play our best."

This session saw Germany play Denmark and in the sixth end of this game, Germany's skip Daniela Driendl hit out a Danish stone to score two points and take a 5-4 lead in the game.

But it was Denmark who won, with a hit for three points in the tenth end to take a 9-7 win.

This was only Denmark's second win so far and after the game Denmark's skip Lene Nielsen said: "What a win. It was a good game, they played very well but we played better."

Speaking about the tenth end she added: "We were very patient. I saw an opportunity to come- around and that set us up."

China played Scotland in this session and in the third end of the game, Scotland's skip Eve Muirhead hit out a Chinese stone to score three points in the end and level the score at 3-3.

The score was 6-5 in China's favour as their skip Sijia Liu played her last stone in the tenth end. Liu hit out one Scottish stone and nudged another to score one point and win the game by 7-5.

Speaking about the last shot, Liu said (through an interpreter): “I felt very confident on that last stone because I felt it was a good shot for me to play."

Session 10: Canada 10, USA 2; Switzerland 8, Finland 7; China 7, Scotland 5; Germany 7, Denmark 9.

Standings after 10 sessions of play (W-L)
1. Switzerland (6-1)
2. Canada (5-1)
3. Japan (4-2)
3. Russia (4-2)
5. China (4-3)
5. Germany (4-3)
7. Scotland (3-3)
7. Sweden (3-3)
9. Denmark (2-4)
9. Finland (2-4)
11. USA (1-6)
12. Norway (0-6)

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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