Session 2 Roundup

China picked up two wins from the opening day of the World Championships Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

With only four of the twelve teams in the field having played in both opening day round-robin sessions - China and Switzerland sit at the top of standings unbeaten while, each having played just one game, Canada, Russia and Scotland share third spot.

Germany were China's opponents in the second session and in the third end of the game Germany skip Daniela Driendl hit out a Chinese stone to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth end, China skip Sijia Liu played a hit to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. China eventually won by 7-5 after an extra end, to keep their unbeaten record intact.

After the game, China skip Sijia Liu said: "This has been a very close day and the task for us is to get used to the ice. The German team was very strong too."

Switzerland beat USA by 6-5 in their second game of the day.

They opened their account in the second end when their skip Alina Paetz drew her second stone into the house to score two points for a 2-1 lead.

In the tenth end of the game, after an American revival that saw them draw level at 5-5 after nine ends, Paetz drew the last stone of the game into the house to score a single point and give Switzerland their win 6-5.

The Olympic champions Canada opened their round-robin campaign against Finland in this session with a 9-6 win.

Canada had gone into the half-time break 5-2 up, but the game changed in the sixth end when Finnish skip Sanna Puustinen drew her final stone into the house to score three points and level the game at 5-5.

The teams were still tied as they played the ninth end, when Canada's skip Jennifer Jones drew her final stone to score one point and take a 7-6 lead.

After this Canada scored another two points in the tenth end for their win.

Afterwards a relieved Canada skip, Jennifer Jones, said: "Not exactly to plan, we struggled a little bit with the ice but a win’s a win and we found a way to win the game. We’ll have to be sharper tomorrow."

In the fourth game of the session, Scotland played Denmark and, in the fifth end of this game, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was able to draw her last stone into the house to score two points for a 4-2 lead.

This was the break-through in the game and it led to the Scots emerging as 7-5 winners.

When she came off the ice, Muirhead said: "We knew it was going to go all the way - all these games this week will do, so we had to be patient."

RESULTS

Session 2:
Finland 6, Canada 9; China 7, Germany 5 (extra end); Switzerland 6, USA 5; Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

Standings after 2 sessions of play (W-L):

1. China (2-0)
1. Switzerland (2-0)
3. Canada (1-0)
3. Russia (1-0)
3. Scotland (1-0)
6. Germany (1-1)
7. Denmark (0-1)
7. Finland (0-1)
7. Japan (0-1)
7. Norway (0-1)
7. Sweden (0-1)
12. USA (0-2)

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