Session 13 Roundup

Switzerland joined Canada in joint top spot in the standings Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Canada and Switzerland sit at the top of the standings with a record of seven wins and one loss after 13 sessions of round-robin play at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, Japan.

In the 13th session of play, Switzerland played Norway looking to keep up the pressure on Canada, who defeated the Norwegians earlier in the day.

In the seventh end, Norway led 3-2 before Switzerland's skip Alina Paetz hit out a Norwegian stone to score two points and take a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth end Paetz had another hit - this time scoring one point for a 5-4 lead on the way to their extra end 6-5 victory that put her team back in joint top slot.

The next sheet played host to the all-Asia clash between China and Japan.

In the sixth end, China's skip Sijia Liu drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take a 6-3 lead.

But in the next end, it was Japan's turn to score three points when skip Ayumi Ogasawara hit out a Chinese stone to level the game again, at 6-6.

In the eighth end, China's Liu played a raise take-out to score two points for an 8-6 lead before China eventually won by 9-6 after nine ends of play.

After her win, Liu said: "I think that every game is important, not only this one. We’re just pleased that we played well. Now we have three games to play before the play-offs. We just want to play our own game and focus on the play-offs."

The turning point of the game between Germany and Russia came in the fifth end when Germany's skip Daniela Driendl had a complete miss with her last stone, giving Russia a score of three points and a 5-1 lead at the fifth end break.

Russia went on to win by 8-2 and afterwards their skip, Anna Sidorova, said: "We knew that we had to turn this game into a performance. Now we are looking forward to playing our next games and hopefully making the top four. We just have to believe in ourselves and play our best."

Sweden faced USA in this session and it was the Americans who had the better start.

After blanking the first end they took two points from the second end for the early lead.

The Swedes responded, opening their account with a single point in the third end, then stealing two points in the fourth end for 3-2.

The lead changed hands four times in this game and eventually USA's fourth player Monica Walker played a nose-hit in the tenth end to score three points and take a 7-6 win.

This was the first three-pointer of the week for the Americans, and it gave them their second win.

After their victory, USA fourth player Monica Walker said: “It definitely feels good to get the win. We’ve been working so hard to be more precise with our shots and feel like we really earned that one.”

Session 13:
Norway 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end); Japan 6, China 9; Germany 2, Russia 8; Sweden 6, USA 7.

Standings after 13 sessions of play (W-L):
1. Canada (7-1)
1. Switzerland (7-1)
3. Russia (6-3)
4. China (5-3)
4. Scotland (5-3)
6. Japan (5-4)
6. Sweden (5-4)
8. Germany (4-4)
9. Denmark (2-6)
9. Finland (2-6)
9. USA (2-6)
12. Norway (0-9

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.

Results, statistics, news and photos from the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website:

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