Women's Session 6 Roundup

Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher led her team to a comeback against Czech Republic Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Russia maintained their unbeaten record and their place at the top of the rankings with a 9-6 win over Germany in Tuesday afternoon's sixth session of women's round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Champery, Switzerland.

Without last stone in the first end, Russia managed a single-point steal and then scored twos in each of the third and fifth ends to go into the break 5-3 up.

With a score of three points in the eighth end, they put their lead beyond doubt to win by 9-6.

After the game, Russian skip Anna Sidorova said: "I’m pretty satisfied with our performance. I am a bit superstitious so I’m just looking forward to playing the next game. It doesn’t matter how many games we have to play, I just want to win."

Russia brought on their alternate Nkeiruka Ezekh for this game, and about that Sidorova said: "We didn't want our alternate to sit all the time, and we are confident in her ability so we decided to put her in today."

World champions and hosts Switzerland struggled in the first half of their game against the Czech Republic.

The Czechs scored three points in the third end and a further two points in the fifth end to go into the break 6-2 ahead.

But the second half was all Switzerland - they scored two points in the sixth then stole three points in the seventh end to take a 7-6 lead.

They had another three-point steal in the eighth end and a further single-point steal in the ninth end persuaded the Czech Republic to concede, with a final score of 11-6 to the Swiss.

Following this game, Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher said: "We were able to start well in the first end, but then struggled and were somewhat unhappy until the fifth end break. You want to take the lead but we were impatient. We had high demand on ourselves - the fifth end break did us well and gave us back some ground under our feet."

Scotland faced an Estonian team still looking for their first win and it was the Scots who took the early advantage, scoring two points in the first end and then moving into a 4-1 lead with another two points in the fourth end.

Estonia got themselves back onto level terms with two points in the seventh end and a score-line of 5-5.

Scotland then moved ahead in the eighth end with two points and consolidated their lead with a single-point steal in the ninth end for an 8-5 lead.

A complete miss by Scottish skip Eve Muirhead opened the door for Estonia in the tenth end and their skip Maile Moelder drew her final stone into the house to score three points , tie the game at 8-8 and force the extra end.

Muirhead then came up light with her final draw and Estonia had their first win, at 9-8.

Afterwards, a Estonia skip Maile Moelder said: "It feels great to get our first win today. The games have been difficult for us but we love to finally have our first win."

In the other games, Denmark and Sweden both gained their fourth wins of the event.

Denmark beat Finland by 8-2 while Sweden had a 7-5 victory over Latvia.

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