Korean women beat Sweden to join them at the top of the table

  • Korea move to joint top Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Korea's 7-6 win over Sweden in Monday morning's eighth session of women's round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, not only robbed the Swedes of their unbeaten record, it put Korea into joint top place alongside them, with both teams on five wins and one loss.

In this session, Canada recorded their third successive win, beating Japan by 8-3 while Switzerland had an 11-2 victory over the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team, and United States beat Denmark by 7-6. China and Great Britain sat out this session.

In their game against Sweden, Korea made the early breakthrough with a score of two points in the fourth end to take a 3-2 lead into the break. More scores of two points, in the sixth end with a nose-hit by Korea's skip EunJung Kim, and in the eighth end with a Kim draw-shot, gave Korea a clear 7-3 lead.

Sweden fought back after this with a score of two points of their own in the ninth end when their skip Anna Hasselborg played a hit and stay. Eventually, in the tenth end, Kim knocked out one of two Swedish stones lying in the house to give up a single point steal but won the game by 7-6.

Canada continued their recovery from a poor start with a seven-end 8-3 win over Japan that featured a steal of four points for the Canadians in the fifth end, to give them a 6-1 lead at the break.

Japan's skip Satsuki Fujisawa hit out a Canadian stone to score two points in the sixth end, but when Rachel Homan's Canadians responded with another two points in the seventh end, Japan conceded, at 8-3 to Canada.

United States beat Denmark in what was a tight game. The teams were tied at 3-3 at the fifth-end break. After this, the teams swapped scores of two points in the sixth and seventh ends, then single points in the eighth and ninth ends, to go into the tenth end level on 6-6. United States had last stone advantage in this end and their skip Nina Roth used it to draw her final stone into the house and score one point for a 7-6 win.

In the fourth game of this session, Switzerland played the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team and, after giving up a single point steal in the second end, dominated the first half of the game, with a score of three points in the third end and steals of two points in both the fourth and fifth ends.

Switzerland led by 7-1 at the break and when their skip Silvana Tirinzoni hit out an OAR stone to score four more points in the seventh end, the OAR team conceded, at 11-2.

As well as producing Korea and Sweden as joint leaders on five wins, these results mean that Japan slips into third place on four wins, while Canada and the United States join China and Great Britain in joint fourth place on three wins. Switzerland, on two wins in eighth place, still have a possibility to make it to at least a tie-breaker, but semi-final qualification now looks beyond Denmark and OAR in joint ninth place, with just one win each.

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Women session eight results: United States 7-6 Denmark; Japan 3-8 Canada; Sweden 6-7 Korea; Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-11 Switzerland.

Standings after women session eight (win-loss):

Korea 5-1
Sweden 5-1
Japan 4-2
Canada 3-3
China 3-3
Great Britain 3-3
United States 3-3
Switzerland 2-4
Denmark 1-5
Olympic Athlete from Russia 1-5

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