Women's Session 4 Roundup

Sweden won by a big margin against Czech Republic Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia and Finland remain top of the standings in the women's A Division of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships being staged in Champery, Switzerland, as both retained their unbeaten records with victories in Monday morning's fourth session of round-robin play.

Russia faced Latvia and scored in each of the first five ends - taking one point from the first end and then stealing two points, one point, two points again and one point again in the next four ends for a 7-0 half-time led.

Latvia got on the scoreboard with two points in the sixth end but a score of three points by Russia in the seventh end brought the game to an end with a final score of 10-2.

Finland were up against Estonia and, after Estonia blanked the first end, the Finns opened the scoring with a single point steal in the second end.

Estonia levelled the score in the third end with a single point but after this, Finland had single point steals in the fourth and fifth ends before stealing an additional three points in the sixth end to go 6-1 up.

Estonia opened the second half of the game with a single point in the seventh end to reduce Finland's lead to 6-2, but Finland scored one point in the eighth end and stole another single point in the ninth end when Estonia's skip Maile Moelder was heavy with her final draw.

The teams then shook hands, with the score 8-2 to Finland.

Sweden faced the Czech Republic and opened the scoring with a single point in the second end.

They then stole a single point in the third end before they produced the main blow of the game in the fourth end when they stole four points for a 6-0 lead.

The Czech Republic put a single point on the scoreboard in the fifth end, but another two points by Sweden in the sixth end for 8-1 were enough to make the Czech Republic concede.

Following the game, Sweden's lead Zandra Flyg said: "We had a really good game this morning and played according to our tactics."

Scotland, world champions in 2013, faced current world champions Switzerland in this session.

It was the Scots who took the early lead, scoring one point in the first end and adding to that with a single point steal in the second end.

Switzerland bounced back however with two points to level the score at 2-2 in the third end.

Scotland then scored a single point in the fourth end before they gained a single point steal in the fifth end when Swiss skip Binia Feltscher was heavy with her final draw.

This gave Scotland a 4-2 fifth end break lead.

After Switzerland scored one point in the sixth end, Scotland moved further ahead in the seventh end when Scotland skip Eve Muirhead played a nose-hit for two points.

Switzerland could only manage another single point in the eighth end and Scotland responded with one point in the ninth end before running Switzerland out of stones in the tenth end to win by 7-5.

After the game, Scotland skip Eve Muirhead said: "We're very pleased with that. We knew it was going to be a tough day and we wanted to come away with a win for the first game and that's exactly what we did. We're getting better and better, we're just that little bit sharper and when we play like that we can get ahead of a lot of teams."

In the fifth game of the session Germany faced Denmark. This was the tightest game of them all, with Denmark blanking the first end and then going on to score one point in the second.

They then stole a single point in the third end for an early 2-0 lead.

Germany responded with two points in the fourth end to level the score before Denmark followed this with one point in the fifth end.

Then, after blanking the sixth end, Germany scored two points to take the lead for the first time, at 4-3.

Denmark bounced back in the eighth end with two points to regain the lead before Germany responded straightaway in the ninth end, scoring two points to re-establish their lead, this time at 6-5.

In the tenth end, Denmark's Lene Nielsen's last hit shot was too strong, giving Germany a steal of one point and a hard-fought 7-5 win.

Afterwards, German skip Andrea Schoepp said: "We had a disaster of a ninth end yesterday and I was really afraid that it would happen again today in the ninth, but we got out of it and the tenth end went really well for us."

She continued: "Our new players are really young, but I think they are really doing a good job here. We really don’t have a goal except to finish top eight or top seven. We're just taking it day to day to see where we go."

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