Women's Session 3 Roundup

Scotland's Anna Sloan and her team won against Czech Republic Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia and Finland maintained their undefeated records with victories in Sunday afternoon's third session of women's round-robin play at Le Gruyere European Curling Championships 2014 in Champery, Switzerland.

After a level start which saw the teams tied at 1-1 after two ends, Russia took the first advantage in their game against Sweden when they scored two points in the third end for a 3-1 lead.

Sweden could only respond with one point in the fourth end before Russia extended their lead to 5-3 with a score of two points in the fifth end.

In the second half of the game Russia had a single-point steal in the sixth end while Sweden could only manage a one point score in the seventh end in response.

Russia then piled on the pressure in the eighth end, scoring three points to make the score 9-3 after which Sweden conceded defeat.

After the game, Russian skip Anna Sidorova said: "Three wins is great but it’s not the end (of the competition), it’s just the beginning, so we have to work hard if we want to place in the top four. That’s our goal."

In their game against Latvia, Finland blanked the first two ends before taking a clear lead by scoring four points in the third end.

Latvia got on the scoreboard with two points in the fourth end, but Finland responded straight away with two points of their own in the fifth end to hold a 6-2 lead at the fifth end break.

Latvia opened the second half of the game by scoring two points in the sixth end to reduce Finland's lead to 6-4, but Finland moved away again in the seventh end, scoring three points for a 9-4 lead.

The Finns then achieved a single-point steal in the eighth end, and although Latvia managed to score two points again in the ninth end, they eventually ran out of stones in the tenth end, with Finland winning by 10-6.

Scotland faced the Czech Republic and took the early lead with a score of two points in the first end.

The Czech Republic scored one point in the second end but, with a score of three points, the Scots moved further ahead in the third end to lead by 5-1.

The Czech Republic scored one point in the fourth end and stole one more point in the fifth end when Scottish skip Eve Muirhead attempted to clear out three Czech stones but left one in a counting position.

This reduced the Scottish lead to 5-3 but they moved ahead again, scoring a single point in the sixth end with a draw onto the button.

The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and then, as she came to play her last stone in the ninth end, Czech Republic fourth player Kamila Mulacova was too strong with her draw, giving Scotland a steal of two points and a 9-4 lead. The Czech Republic then conceded the game.

Speaking afterwards, winning Scotland skip Eve Muirhead said: "I thought that was our best performance yet. I thought we came out with a really strong shot. We were expecting this - for the opposition to play well in every game, but as a team I think we are getting better and better."

World champions Switzerland played Germany in this session in a game that was tight with the score tied at 3-3 after seven ends.

Switzerland then had a single steal in the eighth end when German skip Andrea Schoepp was light with her final draw.

They then finished the game off with a steal of a further four points in the ninth end for an 8-3 lead. Germany then conceded the game.

After this game, Switzerland third Irene Schori said: "It’s always a special feeling to play against Germany. Maybe we were a little too unfocused this afternoon and made some tactical mistakes. After the steal of one point in the eighth our confidence improved and we banked a four against the hammer in the ninth after which Germany conceded."

The game between Denmark and Estonia was also tight at first, with the teams tied at 2-2 by the fifth end break.

Denmark then scored two points in the sixth end and stole two points in the seventh end to establish a clear 6-2 lead.

Although Estonia fought back with a score of two points in the eighth end, Denmark blanked the ninth end and scored one point in the tenth end for their 7-4 win.

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