Korea defeat defending champions Canada in first World Women’s game

  • Korea skip, Minji Kim © WCF / Richard Gray

In Saturday evening’s second round-robin session of the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2019, being staged in the Silkeborg Sportcenter, Denmark, Korea beat Canada, the defending champion nation, by 7-6 in what was the first game of the event for both teams.

Other winners in this session were Olympic champions Sweden, who beat Latvia by 8-5; United States, who had an 8-6 extra end win over hosts Denmark; and Switzerland who recorded a win when their opponents Finland ran out of the allocated time in the tenth end of their game.

In the fourth end of the game against Korea, Canada skip Chelsea Carey tapped-back one of her own stones to open her team’s scoring with two points to take a 2-1 lead.

Later, in the ninth end, Korea skip Minji Kim drew her last stone into position to score three points and take a 7-6 lead. There was no further scoring in the tenth end, as Korea opened their campaign with a win.

Hosts Denmark opened their campaign against United States. In the second end, their skip Madeleine Dupont played a well-judged draw shot that just tapped an American stone out of position to give Denmark one point from the end and level the score at 1-1.

At the fifth end break, United States had a 4-3 lead, but Denmark responded with a steal of one point in the sixth end to level the score, then had another single point steal in both the seventh end to take the lead, 5-4.

United States recovered and with a hit for a single point in the tenth end, tied the game to force an extra end. In the extra end, Denmark skip Dupont could not remove two American stones and, with a steal of two points, United States won the game by 8-6.

After this, United States skip Jamie Sinclair said, “I know that we stole the last end but it kind of feels like we stole the game. We weren’t playing too well in the second half and they managed to make a good comeback, but we’re just happy we managed to come out on top in the end. I think it’s just about trying to keep focus for the full ten ends.“

Olympic champions Sweden faced Latvia, looking to bounce back from their earlier defeat at the hands of China and, in the third end of this game, Sweden skip Anna Hasselborg played an open draw for two points and a 4-1 lead.

Later, in the eighth end, Hasselborg played a tap-back shot to score two points and move onto an 8-3 lead, before eventually winning by 8-5.

After this game, Hasselborg said, “I’m happy with how we performed in that game, we played really well and bounced back from a little bit less good this afternoon. It was a good game, we learned the ice better and made more shots. We’re always relaxed, we know that if we play well, we will have a chance to win.”
Finland faced Switzerland in the fourth game of this session, and, in the second end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz played a draw into the house to open her team’s scoring and take a 2-1 lead.

With Switzerland leading 7-6 after nine ends, the game ended with a win for Switzerland in an uncommon fashion as Finland ran out of their allotted time before the end of the tenth end.


Session two: Korea 7-6 Canada; Sweden 8-5 Latvia; United States 8-6 Denmark; Finland L-W Switzerland.

Standings (W-L)

China 1-0
Germany 1-0
Japan 1-0
Korea 1-0
Russia 1-0
United States 1-0
Switzerland 1-1
Sweden 1-1
Canada 0-1
Denmark 0-1
Finland 0-1
Scotland 0-1
Latvia 0-2

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