Switzerland defeat defending champions Russia to join unbeaten Korea

  • Korea's Kijeong Lee Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

After day two (23 April) at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 both Switzerland and Korea remain unbeaten, while the defending champions, Russia received their first loss.

After being down 3-1 at the fourth end break, Korea duo Kijeong Lee and Hyeji Jang bounced back with three points in the fifth end to take a one point lead. For the second time of the day, the Koreans were tied without the last stone advantage in the eighth end, but managed to steal two points for the win after Austria crashed on a guard on their final shot to end the game 7-5.

USA siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton won in the brother sister show-down against English siblings Anna and Ben Fowler with single stolen points in ends three, six and seven to add to their 7-2 victory.

Needing two points in the eighth end to win, Czech Republic used the last stone advantage to score four points in the final end to post an 8-5 win against Turkey.

Canada marked their second straight win against France in six ends with a final score of 9-1, while Germany had a strong second half against Kazakhstan to win 8-3 after seven ends of play.

In the final session of the day, session 9, Switzerland added a third win to their favour. With the score tied at 5-5 after seven ends Switzerland’s Martin Rios and Jenny Perret both drew to the button with their final two stones to claim a 7-5 win over Russia, the reigning champions.

In a tight battle, Hungary used the power play* to score two points in the seventh end to tie the game 5-5 heading to the eighth end. Latvia scored their single victory point after Hungary missed their double take-out attempt, to win 6-5.

Mother and son pair, Lynn and Dean Hewitt of Australia collected their second win of the day, this time over Israel 8-3.

New Zealand got their first victory of the championship over Romania in six ends, 13-4.

Sweden also earned put their first win on the board, 13-2 against Poland in six ends.

*Power play: Teams have the right to use a ’power play’ once in every game, in an end where they have last stone advantage. When a ’power play’ is being used, the pre-placed stones will be moved out to one of the sides, and placed as a corner guard and a stone behind it, with the back of the stone against the tee line.

Results after session eight: France 1-9 Canada; Kazakhstan 3-8 Germany; England 2-7 USA; Turkey 5-8 Czech Republic; Korea 7-5 Austria

Results after session nine: Poland 2-13 Sweden; Romania 4-13 New Zealand; Hungary 5-6 Latvia; Switzerland 7-5 Russia; Israel 3-8 Australia

Standings: visit http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

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