Session 5 Roundup

Sweden defeated Canada in a rerun of the Sochi 2014 gold medal game Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

It may have been a re-run of last year's Olympic Winter Games gold medal game, but when Olympic champions Canada met silver medallists Sweden in Sunday evening's fifth session of round-robin play at the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship, the result was different, with the Swedes winning by 8-6.

It was the Canadians who started better in Sapporo's Tsukisamu Gymnasium.

In the first end their skip Jennifer Jones drew her second stone into the house to open with a score of three points.

However, Sweden responded straightaway, scoring two points in the second end and then stealing a single point in the third to level the score at 3-3.

The teams swapped singles in the next three ends and then Sweden made a break-through in the eighth end, hitting for three points and a 7-5 lead.

Eventually, Sweden knocked out a Canadian stone in the tenth end to claim an 8-6 victory.

Afterwards, their skip and lead player Margaretha Sigfridsson said: “After the first end, we played a really good game. There were some tough ends but we managed to keep our rocks in good places and we played really well during the game. We'll take confidence from this."

Unbeaten Russia faced winless Denmark in this session as well.

After blanking the first two ends, Russia's skip Anna Sidorova drew her final stone of the third end into the house to open the scoring with two points.

Russia went on to steal points in three successive ends to win by 7-0 in just six ends.

After the game a smiling Sidorova said: "That's only three games - eight more to go. We're not doing anything different this year. We're curling like usual but we're believing in ourselves and we're getting better. The team is growing from year to year."

Finland were up against Norway in this session and they scored four points in the first end when their skip Sanna Puustinen hit out a Norwegian stone on the wing and kept her own in the house.

They went on to win by 10-2 and afterwards a delighted Puustinen said: "I think this game was pretty good - it was better than our earlier games."

This is a first appearance at World Championship level for this team and about that Puustinen said: "It's amazing. This is what we've tried to do for many years, so it's very nice to be here now. Our target is to be in the top eight, so we must keep at this level of play now."

In the game between hosts Japan and Scotland, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone of the second end into the house to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.

However, in the next end, Japan skip Ayumi Ogasawara tapped-out a Scottish stone to give her team three points and restore a Japanese lead, by 4-3.

Eventually, Scotland's Muirhead was long with her final draw of the tenth end, giving Japan a steal of two points and a 9-7 win.

After this second loss of the day, Scotland's Muirhead said: “I had the draw for the win but it just slipped a foot too heavy. It's early in the week, but it's not helpful."

RESULTS

Session 5: Russia 7, Denmark 0; Finland 10, Norway 2; Scotland 7, Japan 9; Sweden 8, Canada 6.

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