United States women win back-to-back games to remain in Olympic semi-final contention

  • Team USA's Nina Roth Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

With their second win of the day, by 10-4 over China, in Monday evening's ninth round-robin session at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, United States women brought themselves right back into semi-final contention.

In this session there were wins by Great Britain, by 8-7 over Switzerland, and Japan, who beat Sweden by 5-4, as both of these teams also continue to pursue semi-final qualification. The Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team beat Denmark in this session too, by 8-7. Korea and Canada sat out this session.

Fresh from their earlier win over Denmark, United States team started strongly against China, scoring three points in the first end, four points in the third end, and then two points in the fifth end for a 9-3 half-time lead. When China could only add one more point in the eighth end, they conceded the game at 10-4.

Great Britain and Switzerland were tied at 3-3 at the halfway mark and Britain took the lead in the sixth end when skip Eve Muirhead just feathered a guard with her last stone but still managed to score two points. In the seventh end, Switzerland skip Silvana Tirinzoni muscled out a frozen British stone to score two points and level the game again.

In the ninth end Switzerland moved into the lead at 7-6 with a tap up for two points by Tirinzoni, but in the tenth end, Britain's Muirhead hit out a Swiss stone to score two points and take the win, by 7-6.

Japan and Sweden was yet another tight match, with never more than two points between the teams. In the ninth end, Japan scored two points for the first time in the game, to tie the score at 4-4.

In the tenth end, Sweden's skip Anna Hasselborg eventually had a hit and stay with her final stone to win, but her own stone rolled just too far to give Japan the single point steal that gave them a 5-4 win.

In the fourth game of the session, OAR beat Denmark by 8-7 at the foot of the table.

Despite not playing in this session, Korea have now moved to the top of the rankings, on five wins and one loss, while Japan and Sweden tie for second place, both also on five wins but with two losses each.

Behind these three, in joint fourth place are Great Britain and United States, on four wins and three losses. Canada are in a clear sixth spot, with three wins but have played one game less than the others. Denmark, on just one win, are in tenth position overall.

The women's round-robin continues with the session ten games tomorrow (Tuesday 20 February 2018) afternoon at 14:05 Korean Standard Time (KST).

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Women session nine results: Great Britain 8-7 Switzerland; Denmark 7-8 Olympic Athlete from Russia; China 4-10 United States; Japan 5-4 Sweden.

Standings after women session nine (win-loss):

Korea 5-1
Japan 5-2
Sweden 5-2
Great Britain 4-3
United States 4-3
Canada 3-3
China 3-4
Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-5
Switzerland 2-5
Denmark 1-6

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