Session 14 Roundup

Switzerland won the top of the standings clash against Canada Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland defeated Canada to go top of the standings following Wednesday evening's fourteenth session of round-robin play at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, Japan.

The two teams sat in joint top position in the standings going into this game and it was Switzerland who made the early break-through.

In the first end their skip Alina Paetz played a delicate tap-up to score two points.

She then played a well-judged draw-shot in the fourth end to score one point and take a 4-2 lead.

Eventually, in the tenth end, Canada's Jennifer Jones was trying to score two points to force an extra end.

After she played her last stone, there was no doubting that she had scored one, but, with tension around, it took an umpire's measure to determine that Switzerland were in second shot position and subsequently won by 7-6.

This gives Switzerland eight wins so far, moving them into first position in the standings on their own, with Canada dropping down into second.

After their win, Swiss skip Alina Paetz said: "I felt really comfortable out there. We started really well and that made us self-confident - I think that was key for us. We had to play really well to beat them, it’s always a pleasure to beat the Olympic champions."

Scotland and Germany faced each other with both teams still in the play-off hunt.

Scotland opened with a steal of one point when Germany's Daniela Driendl came up short with her final draw of the first end.

Germany went ahead with two points in the second end then in the fifth end, Scotland skip Eve Muirhead hit out a German counter in the house, to score two points and take a 4-3 lead.

This was the turning point in the game and eventually Scotland ran Germany out of stones in the tenth end, for a 7-5 win.

Muirhead spoke after the game, saying: "I'm delighted with that but I think we know we can get better. We've got tough games tomorrow against Switzerland and Sweden, but we're right back in contention."

China were also still in play-off contention when they faced Denmark and they sealed their 10-3 seven end win with scores of three points in both the fourth and seventh ends and two points in both the second and fifth ends.

In the fourth game of the session, USA played Finland and it was USA who prevailed, scoring three points in the sixth end and stealing two points in the seventh end on their way to an 8-4 win.

Afterwards, USA skip Aileen Sormunen said: “All week we’ve been focusing on precision and every game we seem to be getting better and better. It’s actually translating into wins now."

Session 14:
Scotland 7, Germany 5; Finland 4, USA 8; Switzerland 7, Canada 6; Denmark 3, China 10.

Standings after 14 sessions of play (W-L):
1. Switzerland (8-1)
2. Canada (7-2)
3. China (6-3)
3. Russia (6-3)
3. Scotland (6-3)
6. Japan (5-4)
6. Sweden (5-4)
8. Germany (4-5)
9. USA (3-6)
10. Denmark (2-7)
10. Finland (2-7)
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.

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