Day 2: Roundup

Russia's Victoria Moiseeva helped Russia to two wins today as they remain unbeaten Photo: WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

With all groups having played three games, seven teams remain unbeaten at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 being held in the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia.

Group A is led by Russia and the USA, Group B by Norway and Sweden, while Canada, Korea and Spain are at the top of the standings in Group C, all with three wins so far.

The first session of the day saw the Group C teams take to the ice, where Canada defeated England 11-3 as they continued their good form from the opening day of play.

Estonia also won in the session, 11-2 against Poland, and following the game Estonia’s Maile Moelder said: “We have played very good so far. We have some wins which makes us happy, but the fact that we got our shots in the right places makes us even more happy. It’s very important if you pick up a four (points) in the first end. It helps you relax but still you need to remain focused as it’s easy to lose four in Mixed Doubles.”

2013 World Mixed Doubles champions Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss picked up their first win of the Championship as they defeated Scotland 8-5.

Afterwards, Hungary’s Palancsa said: "In the beginning we didn't find the ice, but at the fourth end break we decided to pull ourselves together and afterwards we played very well."

The other games of the session saw Korea beat Belarus 7-1 and last year’s bronze medal winning nation Spain defeat Romania 8-4.

Those teams were back on the ice in the evening session where Canada, Korea and Spain kept their undefeated records intact.

Spain were 5-0 down after only one end in their game against Scotland but came back to win, taking one point in the eighth end to make the final score 10-9.

After this game, Spain’s Irantzu Vez Garcia said: “The first end was pretty bad for us, we couldn't find our draw weight. But then we decided to just have fun and try and play better. That really worked for us as we won in the end!”

Canada subjected Estonia to their first loss of the Championship as Kalynn Park and Charley Thomas won 9-2 to remain in joint top spot.

Korea joined Canada and Spain at the top of the standings as they defeated England 8-6 while Poland picked up their first win, 6-5 against Belarus.

Hungary meanwhile made it two wins from two today as they won 10-1 against Romania in the only other game of this session.

Group A also played twice on Sunday, the first session in front of two very important onlookers – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach along with Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov.

The pair watched hosts Russia, which included Sochi 2014 Olympian Peter Dron and his teammate Victoria Moiseeva, defeat Czech Republic 11-3.

After this game, Russia's Victoria Moiseeva said: "It was great with all the people cheering for us today, we really appreciated that. We gained confidence and played our best. We are focusing on one game at a time, but of course, the goal is to qualify for the quarter-finals and we are hoping for a medal."

United States secured their second win of the Championship as 2012 Youth Olympians Korey Dropkin and Sarah Anderson won 8-5 against a Japanese team that included Sochi 2014 Olympian Michiko Tomabechi.

Also in this session, two-time Danish Olympian - Denise Dupont (Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games), along with teammate Oliver Dupont, defeated Australia 8-2.

On the next sheet, France’s Thierry Mercier, who competed in the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games when curling was an exhibition sport, and his team mate Catherine Emberger, were unable to secure their first win.

They lost 9-4 to Marc Pfister and Carole Howald of Switzerland who are being coached by Laurence Bidaud, a Swiss silver medal winner at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The only other game of this session saw Slovakia pick up their first victory, but needed an extra end to do so.

Eventually they secured their 11-10 win against Turkey in what has been the highest scoring game of the tournament so far.

These teams were back on the ice to play out the last session of the day where previously unbeaten Russia and Denmark went head to head.

This game needed an extra end to separate the teams in which Russia stole one point to win 7-6.

The USA remain unbeaten as well after they won 8-2 against Turkey which means that tomorrow’s game between the two table toppers, Russia and USA, will see the winner emerge alone at the top of the standings.

On the next sheet Switzerland scored the highest number of points from an end in Mixed Doubles, six points, in their opening end, on their way to an 8-6 win against Australia.

The Czech Republic picked up their first win as they defeated France 7-3 while Japan won 12-1 against Slovakia, their second win of the Championship so far.

Group B however only played one session on Sunday, which saw Sweden and Norway keep up their unbeaten record.

Sweden defeated Austria 6-4 in the live webcast game while Norway won 9-3 against previously unbeaten Finland.

New Zealand and Brazil were tied 8-8 going into the last end before New Zealand secured their first win of the Championship as they scored two points from the eighth end to win 10-8.

Italy and Latvia meanwhile picked up their second wins of the Championship, with Italy needing an extra end to beat China by 7-6, and Latvia beating Slovenia 9-5.

More quotes from the athletes can be found here: http://wmdcc2015.worldcurling.net/day-2-quotes

RESULTS
Group A
Session 2:
Japan 5, USA 8; Turkey 10, Slovakia 11; Denmark 8, Australia 2; Switzerland 9, France 4; Czech Republic 3, Russia 11.

Session 3: France 3, Czech Republic 7; Australia 6, Switzerland 8; Turkey 2, USA 6; Russia 7, Denmark 6; Japan 12, Slovakia 1.

Group B
Session 3:
Austria 4, Sweden 6; Norway 9, Finland 3; Italy 7, China 6; Brazil 8, New Zealand 10; Slovenia 5, Latvia 9.

Group C
Session 2:
Hungary 8, Scotland 5; Spain 8, Romania 4; Korea 7, Belarus 1; Poland 2, Estonia 11; Canada 11, England 3.

Session 3: Estonia 2, Canada 9; Belarus 5, Poland 6; Spain 10, Scotland 9; England 6, Korea 8; Hungary 10, Romania 1.

STANDINGS (W-L)
Group A (after three sessions of play):

1. Russia 3-0
1. USA 3-0
3. Denmark 2-1
3. Japan 2-1
3. Switzerland 2-1
6. Czech Republic 1-2
6. Slovakia 1-2
6 Turkey 1-2
9. Australia 0-3
9. France 0-3

Group B (after three sessions of play):
1. Norway 3-0
1. Sweden 3-0
3. Finland 2-1
3. Italy 2-1
3. Latvia 2-1
6. Austria 1-2
6. China 1-2
6. New Zealand 1-2
9. Brazil 0-3
9. Slovenia 0-3

Group C (after three sessions of play):
1.Canada 3-0
1. Korea 3-0
1. Spain 3-0
4. Estonia 2-1
4. Hungary 2-1
6. Poland 1-2
6. Scotland 1-2
8. Belarus 0-3
8. England 0-3
8. Romania 0-3

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

A full round-up of the daily action from the World Senior Curling Championship 2015, also taking place in Sochi, will be available following the conclusion of the day’s games on the event website: http://wscc2015.worldcurling.net

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