Day 3: Roundup

Sweden remain unbeaten at the WMDCC 2015 as they look to repeat last year's medals success Photo: WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

Five teams remain unbeaten after three days of play at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 being held in the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia.

Norway and Sweden kept up their flawless records as both won in the only Group B session of the day.

While Norway defeated Austria 6-2, Sweden found it tougher going against Italy, although the scoreline may suggest otherwise.

The teams were tied 5-5 going into the final end. However, as is common in Mixed Doubles curling, a big score settled the game as Sweden took five points to win 10-5.

Latvia and Finland also picked up wins in this session to remain in touch with the table toppers.

After taking four points from the first three ends, Latvia controlled the game and eventually went on to win 9-1.

Afterwards, Latvia's Iluta Linde said: "We were a bit surprised that it went so smoothly for us, we were expecting that it would be a bit tougher. Our main goal is to win whatever we are able to win. For each game we are going in with a target to win the game, and then let's see."

Finland were comfortably in front in their game until their opponents, Slovenia, scored four points in the sixth end to bring the score back to 8-6.

Brother and sister duo Katja and Kalle Kiiskinen prevailed however as they eventually won 11-6. Following this, their third win of the week, Katja said: “It was a good game mostly. We had one poor end when they played really well, so they got closer, almost back into the game. Fortunately we were able to score again in the seventh end, then it was that."

In the only other game of this session, Brazil lost 10-3 to China and still remain looking for their first win of the Championship, this only their second appearance on the World stage.

After their win, China’s Jie Mei said: “We played better than before. The difference between the Brazilian team and us is not so big, but we made an important shot and that was the key for this win. We will continue to try our best and we hope that we can get into the top eight."

Group C then took to the ice for their first of two sessions today. Previously unbeaten Spain and Canada met for the first time knowing that the winner would retain top spot in the group.

Canada raced to an early lead, picking up five points in the first end before scoring another four points in the fourth end to lead 9-3 by the break. Spain could not force their way back into the game as Canada went on to win 11-3.

Following this game, Canada’s Charley Thomas said: "I thought we played pretty well. We made a lot of draws early on plus they had trouble making some of their shots - that's what made the difference."

Korea retained joint top spot alongside Canada after another big win in this session as they defeated Romania 12-0.

After this, their fourth win of the week, Korea's Jong-Chul Beak said: "We scored five points in the first end and then it was easy to keep the advantage. We were very comfortable from the beginning, throughout the whole game. Our goal this week is to win the gold medal."

Scotland once again went on to lose despite taking an initial 5-0 lead, like they did against Spain yesterday.

Today however their opponents were England who needed an extra end to steal the one point needed for their 9-8 victory, their first win of the week.

Estonia meanwhile secured their third win of the week with a 9-5 win against Belarus while 2013 World Mixed Doubles champions Dorottya Palancsa and Zsolt Kiss defeated Poland’s Karolina Florek and Szymon Molski 11-2.

Those teams returned to the ice for the last session of the day, where Canada and Korea kept up their dominating form to remain in joint top position in the group standings.

Korea were ahead 7-0 by the fourth end break in their game against Spain before winning 8-5, while Canada scored four points in the fifth end on their way to an 8-2 win against Poland.

Hungary picked up their second win of the day with a 13-1 win against England to remain in the play-off hunt in third place where they are joined by Estonia who defeated Scotland 8-7.

The only other game of this session saw Romania and Belarus go head to head, with both teams looking for their first win of the Championship.

This game proved tight and was not decided until the eighth and final end when Belarus could only take one point, giving Romania their first win, by 7-6.

After this game, Romania's Cristian Matau said: "We had a couple of good shots and it's amazing because it was a huge win. I think that the key point was in the second end when we scored five points, because they missed a lot of shots and we had all the stones in the house. I don't expect so much from the next games because they will be against Canada and Estonia. I expect them to be fun."

Like Group B, Group A only played one session, in the afternoon, where a large home crowd turned out to support Russian teammates Petr Dron and Victoria Moiseeva in their top of the table clash with the USA.

Both teams had yet to lose as they went into this game, which saw the Russian’s take an early lead, up 4-2 by the fourth end break.

Although USA tried to get back into the game, the Russian’s went on to win 8-3 to the delight of the local fans.

That loss demoted USA to joint second position in the standings, which they share with Denmark, who defeated Slovakia 12-2 in this session, and Japan, who won 7-2 against defending champion nation Switzerland.

France meanwhile picked up their first win of the Championship as they beat Australia 9-7.

Afterwards France's Thierry Mercier said: "This is the first game all week that we have actually curled well! For the first three matches we couldn't get a feeling for the ice. We are really happy to get the win but we have some serious preparation to do ahead of our games against USA and Denmark tomorrow."

The only other game of this Group A session saw the Czech Republic secure their second win of the week, this time against Turkey, as they won 8-1.

More quotes from the athletes can be found here: http://wmdcc2015.worldcurling.net/day-3-athlete-quotes

RESULTS
Group A
Session 4:
Slovakia 2, Denmark 12; Russia 8, USA 3; Switzerland 2, Japan 7; France 9, Australia 7; Turkey 1, Czech Republic 8.

Group B
Session 4:
Latvia 9, New Zealand 1; Brazil 3, China 10; Finland 11; Slovenia 6; Austria 2, Norway 6; Italy 5, Sweden 10.

Group C
Session 4:
Romania 0, Korea 12; England 9, Scotland 8; Poland 2, Hungary 11; Estonia 9, Belarus 5; Spain 3, Canada 11.

Session 5: England 1, Hungary 13; Korea 8, Spain 5; Belarus 6, Romania 7; Canada 8, Poland 2; Scotland 7, Estonia 8.

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

1.Russia 4-0
2. Denmark 3-1
2. Japan 3-1
2. USA 3-1
5. Czech Republic 2-2
5. Switzerland 2-2
7. France 1-3
7. Slovakia 1-3
7. Turkey 1-3
10. Australia 0-4

Group B (after four sessions of play):
1.Norway 4-0
1. Sweden 4-0
3. Finland 3-1
3. Latvia 3-1
5. China 2-2
5. Italy 2-2
7. Austria 1-3
7. New Zealand 1-3
9. Brazil 0-4
9. Slovenia 0-4

Group C (after five sessions of play):
1. Canada 5-0
1. Korea 5-0
3. Estonia 4-1
3. Hungary 4-1
5. Spain 3-2
6. England 1-4
6. Poland 1-4
6. Romania 1-4
6. Scotland 1-4
10. Belarus 0-5

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.

Results; statistics; news; live games; videos and photos from the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website: http://wmdcc2015.worldcurling.net

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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