First wins for Italy and Germany women

  • Germany's alternate Emira Abbes played second during this session Photo: © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

With their 10-5 victory over Latvia on Wednesday (6 December) evening, China’s women made it three wins out of three at the Olympic Qualification Event 2017 in Pilsen, Czech Republic, to sit alone at the top of the rankings.

In the same session both Germany and Italy recorded their first wins of the campaign so far.

In the third end of the game between China and Latvia, China’s skip Bingyu Wang drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take a 4-2 lead. Another draw-shot by Wang, this time in the sixth end, also produced a score of three points to move China onto an 8-4 lead. After this, China had a single-point steal in the ninth end for 11-5 and went on to run Latvia out of stones in the tenth end.

Germany were still looking for their first win when they faced the hosts in this session, and, in the second end of the game Czech skip Anna Kubeskova played a well-judged double take-out to score three points and take a 3-2 lead. However, scores of two points by Germany in each of the fifth and seventh ends kept the score tight, and the teams went into the tenth end tied at 7-7. Kubeskova could not get inside three German counters with her last stone of the tenth end, to give Germany a 10-7 win.

In their game against Finland, Italy enjoyed a 5-1 lead at half-time and they were able to keep ahead on the scoreboard in the second half of the game, to produce a 7-4 win.

It was Denmark’s turn to sit out a session.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at this event will be Denmark v Czech Republic women at 09:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Thursday (7 December) morning.

They said it

Daniela Jentsch; skip, Germany (after 10-7 win over Czech Republic): “We needed to change something [bringing in alternate Emira Abbes in second] because we weren’t getting on a role. I think we have now found the combination that works for us right now. It made a big difference – we felt safe, secure and confident on the ice.”

Diana Gaspari; skip, Italy (after 7-4 win over Finland): “We are on track now. We were a bit out of the first game but today’s bye was good for us because we could rest, so now we’re fine. We needed this win to get confidence of course, but we’re ready to go now. We will keep fighting.”

Bingyu Wang; skip, China (after 11-5 win over Latvia): “We hope we can get this dream [- going to the Olympics]. We need to play better-better and have more patience and confidence.”

Women’s session three results: Germany 10-7 Czech Republic; Italy 7-4 Finland; China 11-5 Latvia

Standings after women’s session three (W-L):

China 3-0
Denmark 2-0
Italy 1-1
Czech Republic 1-2
Germany 1-2
Latvia 1-2
Finland 0-2

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