Women Session 9: CHN-CAN 6-5 (extra end), JPN-GER 6-7, USA-SWE 3-9
Women Session 8: GBR-SUI 6-10, GER-DEN 5-6, CAN-USA 9-2, RUS-JPN 9-12 (extra end)
Canada’s unbeaten record in the round robin of the women’s curling competition was broken on Sunday night by China. Bingyu Wang led 3-0 after two ends and 4-1 after four ends. But Cheryl Bernard came storming back with single points in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends to tie the game at 4-4. No risks were taken by either team after that and it took China an extra end to edge home 6-5.
Chinese Skip Bingyu Wang was lost for words after the game, as she lost her voice from shouting instructions to her teammates above the 5000-strong chanting and cheering mostly Canadian crowd.
In the other games on Sunday night Germany narrowly won over Japan 7-6, after leading 4-1 at the half way point. The Germans recovered winning form after losing 5-6 to Denmark’s Angelina Jensen earlier in the day. The Japanese took a step back in the evening after beating the Russian Federation 12-9 in the morning.
At the end of play on day 6 Sweden were tied at the top of the rankings with Canada on a five wins one loss record after a convincing 9-3 victory over the USA. The Americans had shuffled their playing order to let Alison Pottinger play fourth stones and Skip Debbie McCormick moved down to third after they had suffered a heavy 9-2 loss at the hands of Canada in morning action.
Switzerland and Great Britain did not pay in session 9. But earlier, in session 8, the Swiss beat Great Britain 10-6. Mirjam Ott’s team gained an early lead in the fourth end with a steal of four, to give the Swiss an 8-1 advantage and the game was effectively over at that stage.