Session 4 Roundup

Switzerland have won three games from three so far Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

China and Switzerland both won in Sunday afternoon's fourth session of round-robin play at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship in Sapporo's Tsukisamu Gymnasium and now share the lead in the rankings, unbeaten on three wins and no losses.

Switzerland faced Germany in this session and in the game's seventh end, Germany skip Daniela Driendl was heavy with her draw attempt, allowing Switzerland to steal three points and take a 6-2 lead.

In the ninth end, Switzerland skip Alina Paetz drew her final stone into the house for a 7-3 lead that became the final score when Germany ran out of stones in the tenth end.

China were up against USA and the first break of the game came in the fourth end when China's skip Sijia Liu played a hit and stay to score two points for a 3-2 lead.

Liu scored another two points in the ninth end with another hit and stay before they went on to win by 8-4.

After the game Liu acknowledged the importance of her score in the fourth end, saying: "That was the turning point. We're happy to be where we are at the top of the table, but to maintain this performance we have to take care of details."

Olympic champions Canada faced Scotland in this session. Canada scored two points in the first end and, after a succession of freezes by both teams in the second end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was facing a Canadian stone locked on the button.

With no real shot to make, she elected to throw away her last stone and gave up a steal of one point rather than risk any further damage. This put Canada 3-0 ahead.

In the seventh end Canada's skip Jennifer Jones played a draw for two points to move her lead to 7-4 and then, when Muirhead was heavy with her final stone of the eighth end, Canada stole two further points and the Scots conceded, with the score at 9-4 to Canada.
After the game, Jones said: "I thought we played from start to finish and we hit the big shots when we had to."

After her loss, Scotland skip Eve Muirhead said: “We were on the back foot straightaway - we gave up a two in the first end and were chasing it from there."

In the fifth end of her game against Finland, Denmark's skip Lene Nielsen drew her final stone into the house to score four points for a 6-4 fifth end break lead.

Despite this, Denmark went on to lose by 7-9, with a draw for two points in the eighth end by Finnish skip Sanna Puustinen helping to seal the win for her team.

Session 4: Switzerland 7, Germany 3; Scotland 4, Canada 9; Finland 9, Denmark 7; USA 4, China 8.

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

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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