Women's Session 8 Roundup

Switzerland women were the second team to qualify for the play-offs, after Russia Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Hosts Switzerland have now joined unbeaten Russia in qualifying for the women's play-offs, beating Denmark by 8-4 in Wednesday afternoon's eighth session of women's round-robin play to record their sixth win and take second place on the rankings.

Russia, meanwhile, kept their unbeaten record going with a six-end 13-1 win over the Czech Republic, who will now drop down to next year's B Division.

Scotland beat Sweden by 7-6 with a last-stone draw by skip Eve Muirhead, while Finland stole one point in the last end of their game against Germany to win by 5-4.

These results mean that Denmark, Finland, Scotland and Sweden are tied in third place on five wins.

As a result, the outcome of Thursday morning's final women's round-robin session will determine which two of them will go on the play-offs.

As it happens, the luck of the draw means that Finland play Scotland while Denmark face Sweden in the last session for what have effectively become winner-takes-all match-ups.

After her win over Denmark, Switzerland's third player Irene Schori said: "It feels great to win that game and we are very happy right now. The ninth end was crucial for us and we are pleased with our performance today."

Meanwhile Scotland's Eve Muirhead was also delighted with her team's win. She said: "What a win. We knew we needed it. We've really upped our game and hopefully we can keep building and get better and better. All the games are going to be tough now."

Estonia beat Latvia by 9-4 in the other game of this session, with Thursday morning's final women's round-robin games determining which of these two will join the Czech Republic in next year's B Division.

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