Day 5: Roundup

Canada's Kaylnn Park and her teammate Charley Thomas were the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals Photo: WCF/Alina Pauliuchyk

Canada and Russia became the first two teams to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 being staged in the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi, Russia.

Canada began the day with an 8-3 win against Romania in Group C thanks to scores of three points in both the opening and third end.

Elsewhere in the morning session of play, Hungary continued their fine form as they defeated fellow quarter-final hopefuls Korea, 10-3.

Following this, their sixth win of the week, 2013 World Mixed Doubles champion from Hungary, Dorottya Palancsa, said: "From the very beginning of the game we were fully focused as we knew it was an important game. We got a handle of the ice early on, so it went well."

Estonia and Spain also met in this session, with both teams striving for one of the quarter-final spots.

It was however Spain, who won last year’s bronze medal with a slightly different line-up, who took the win, stealing six points from the last four ends to win 7-3.

The other two games in this session saw Scotland beat Belarus 8-3 while England defeated Poland 7-3.

The teams returned to the ice in the afternoon where Canada’s Kaylnn Park and Charley Thomas became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals as they defeated Belarus 8-1.

After their win, Thomas said: "It was one of our better games I think. We got our rocks in really good positions, I think that was the difference. We are perfectly balanced (looking ahead to the quarter-finals) with our two wins today."

Hot on their tails, Estonia and Hungary went head to head in this session and it turned out to be a very close game.

Whilst Hungary were leading 5-4 going into the final end, Estonia scored two points to take their 6-5 win and join Hungary in joint second position in the standings with only one more Group C session to play.

Korea and Spain meanwhile finished the day in joint fourth position following defeats this afternoon - Spain losing 7-4 to England and Korea falling 9-3 to Scotland.

Following their game against Korea, Scotland's Lee McCleary reflected on their latest win. She said: "It feels really good to get the win. We played really well there, got a good start then put the pressure on them. Unlike some of our other games when we got a good lead but then gave it up, we managed to keep piling on the pressure and saw it through to the end. That’ three wins from three now which is really good."

The only other game of this session saw Poland beat Romania 11-3. Afterwards, Poland's Karolina Florek said: "We had a good start and it was the first easy game for us, so we are really happy - we played really well. We're gaining more and more experience which is good for us."

Group B meanwhile only played one session today, which saw Norway record their seventh win of the Championship, 7-4 against China.

This kept their unbeaten record intact, a record they share only with hosts Russia after five days of play.

Finland, Italy and Sweden remain in quarter-final contention in this Group, all now sitting in joint second position.

Of those teams, Finland defeated Brazil 10-1, Italy needed an extra end to score one point to defeat Austria 6-5 and Sweden took one point in the eighth end to beat Latvia 7-6.

In the only other game of the session, New Zealand picked up their second win of the Championship courtesy of a 10-5 win against Slovenia.

Russia, represented this year by Petr Dron, winner of this Championship in 2010, and Victoria Moiseeva, became the first Group A team to qualify for the quarter-finals after they defeated defending champion nation Switzerland 7-4 in the last session of the day.

After this game, Moiseeva said: “It was a tough game, a very interesting one. We’re really happy to have won it.”

The USA finished the day in second position after their 8-4 win against Australia, followed by Denmark in third place, who won 11-2 against Japan.

On the other sheets, the Czech Republic won 9-5 against Slovakia while France won 8-7 against Turkey.

Those results mean that six teams - USA, Denmark, Japan, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Turkey, are still in with a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, which means that tomorrow’s final two Group A round robin sessions will prove crucial.

More quotes from the athletes can be found here: http://wmdcc2015.worldcurling.net/day-5-athlete-quotes

RESULTS
Group A
Session 7:
Czech Republic 9, Slovakia 5; Switzerland 4, Russia 7; France 8, Turkey 7; Denmark 11, Japan 2; Australia 4, USA 8.

Group B
Session 7:
Sweden 7, Latvia 6; Finland 10, Brazil 1; Austria 5, Italy 6; New Zealand 10, Slovenia 5; Norway 7, China 4.

Group C
Session 7:
Canada 8, Romania 3; Poland 3, England 7; Estonia 3, Spain 7; Korea 3, Hungary 10; Belarus 3, Scotland 8.

Session 8: Spain 4, England 7; Scotland 9, Korea 3; Romania 3, Poland 11; Belarus 1, Canada 8; Estonia 6, Hungary 5.

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

1. Russia 7-0 (Qualified for quarter-finals)
2. USA 6-1
3. Denmark 5-2
4. Japan 4-3
5. Czech Republic 3-4
5. Switzerland 3-4
5. Turkey 3-4
8. France 2-5
8. Slovakia 2-5
10. Australia 0-7

Group B (after seven sessions of play):
1. Norway 7-0
2. Finland 5-2
2. Italy 5-2
2. Sweden 5-2
5. China 4-3
5. Latvia 4-3
7. Austria 2-5
7. New Zealand 2-5
9. Slovenia 1-6
10. Brazil 0-7

Group C (after eight sessions of play):
1. Canada 7-1 (Qualified for quarter-finals)
2. Estonia 6-2
2. Hungary 5-2
4. Spain 5-3
4. Korea 5-3
6. England 4-4
6. Scotland 4-4
8. Poland 2-6
9. Romania 1-7
10. Belarus 0-8

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.

The webstreamed games selected for live coverage on Thursday 23 April will be Group B’s game between China and Finland at 14:30 and Hungary against Spain in Group C at 21:00. One more game from Group A at 17:45 will be webstreamed but the game has yet to be confirmed (all times local – MSK).

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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