Session 9 Roundup

USA picked up their first win of the Championship Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland returned to the top of the rankings thanks to a win against Russia while the USA beat hosts Japan to gain their first win of the week in Tuesday morning's ninth session of round robin play in the ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship 2015, being staged in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.

Before this session there had been a four-way tie at the top, including both Russia and Switzerland.

The game between them opened with two blank ends before Russia opened the scoring in the third end with a steal of one point.

Switzerland grabbed the lead in the fourth end with two points but Russia responded with two points of their own in the fifth end to go into the break 3-2 ahead.

The teams swapped singles in the next two ends before Switzerland scored two points again in the eighth end for a 5-4 lead.

In the ninth end, Switzerland manufactured a steal of three points for an 8-4 lead.

Switzerland then ran Russia out of stones in the tenth end to claim the win that leaves them clear at the top of the standings on five wins and one loss.

Afterwards, Swiss skip Alina Paetz said: "It feels really good to be back at the top of the table. We knew we'd need to bring our 'A' game if we wanted to win against Russia, and we did. She got into trouble in the ninth end and we had a big shot there. Now we have to bring our 'A' game every time no matter which team we play."

In the game between USA and Japan, USA's normal third player Monica Walker was playing fourth stones.

In the fourth end of this game, USA stole two points to take a 3-1 lead.

They followed that up with a single point steal for a 4-1 lead by the fifth end break.

Japan were chasing the game after this and eventually went down by 6-4 to give the Americans their first victory of the week.

After this first win, USA skip Aileen Sormunen said: "We're feeling really good, it's really nice to have a win. We've been progressively playing better. It's been 'we're getting there' but it's just not turned into wins until now. I think we were precise today, getting the rocks in the right spots and putting pressure on the other team."

In the fourth end of the game between Norway and Germany, Norway's skip Kristin Skaslien came up light with her final shot to give Germany a steal of two points and a 5-1 lead.

Later, in the seventh end, Germany scored three points to take an 8-3 lead, but it could have been more had Germany skip Daniela Driendl’s last stone not wrecked on a guard on the way in.

Germany then went on to win by 8-4, their fourth win of the week.

China faced Sweden in this session and in the ninth end, with the Swedes leading 5-3, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz hit out a Chinese stone to score four points from the end.

China then conceded, with the final score 9-3 to Sweden after nine ends of play.

This was Sweden's third win so far placing them in joint seventh position. After this game, Sweden skip Margaretha Sigfridsson said: "We needed that win. We can't afford any more losses, so we need to keep on winning. We've played good in games and not so good in others, and when you do that you don't win. Now we need to keep on focussing when we're playing well and make every shot - place the rocks where we want them and make it difficult for the opponents - that's the plan."

Session 9: Germany 8, Norway 4; USA 6, Japan 4; Russia 4, Switzerland 8; China 3, Sweden 9.

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

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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