Undefeated Sweden women join Japan at the top of the table after third win

  • Sweden win in extra end to remain undefeated Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

With their 5-4 extra end win over the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team in Friday afternoon's fourth session of women's round-robin play, Sweden carved out their third victory so far to join Japan - who sat out this session - at the top of the table, with both teams unbeaten so far.

In the other two games of this Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 women's round-robin session, Denmark recorded their first win with an extra end 9-8 victory over Canada, and Korea beat Switzerland by 7-5.

China, Great Britain, Japan and the United States all sat out this session.

The OAR team opened against Sweden with last stone advantage and blanked the first three ends, looking for a big score, but could only score one point in the fourth end. Sweden responded with a single point of their own in the fifth end, and the teams swapped single points all the way to the ninth end when Sweden's skip Anna Hasselborg was able to draw for two and take a 4-3 lead.

OAR's skip Victoria Moiseeva scored one point in the tenth end to level the score at 4-4 and put the game into an extra end. And in that extra end, Hasselborg was able to draw round front stones and score the one point needed to give her team th 5-4 win that maintains their unbeaten record.

Canada opened the scoring in their game against Denmark with two points in the second end, but the Danes responded straightaway in the third end, scoring three points to take the lead.

The Danes moved further ahead to 4-2 in the fourth end when Canada's skip Rachel Homan wrecked her last stone to give up a single point steal. Canada looked like they had recovered when they scored four points in the fifth end to take a 6-2 lead into the break, but Denmark fought back with scores of two points in the sixth and tenth ends to tie the game at 8-8 and put the game into an extra end.

In that extra end, Canada had the chance to win, but Homan wrecked again with her last stone, giving Denmark a steal of one point and their first win of the event so far, by 9-8.

Korea faced Switzerland in the third game of this session, and Korea opened with a single point steal in the first end. Switzerland responded to this with a score of two points in the second end, before Korea scored single points in the next three ends to take a 4-2 lead into the break.

With the game remaining tight, Korea's skip EunJung Kim drew her last stone of the ninth end into the house to score two points for a 7-5 lead. Try as they may, Switzerland could only score one point in the tenth end to give Korea a second win that puts them into joint third place with Great Britain.

The women's competition resumes tomorrow (Saturday 17 February) morning at 09:05 Korea Standard Time (KST) with the fifth round-robin session.

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Women session four results: Denmark 9-8 Canada; Korea 7-5 Switzerland; Sweden 5-4 Olympic Athlete from Russia.

Standings after women session four (win-loss):

Japan 3-0
Sweden 3-0
Great Britain 2-1
Korea 2-1
China 1-2
Denmark 1-2
Olympic Athlete from Russia 1-2
Switzerland 1-2
United States 1-2
Canada 0-3

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