Switzerland seal play-off berth in Tallinn

  • Switzerland’s skip Silvana Tirinzoni © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

On Wednesday morning at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia the women returned to action for their seventh round-robin session where Switzerland became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

Switzerland remain unbeaten following a 9-2 win over Latvia. Switzerland opened the scoring with a point in the first end, but Latvia were quick to respond and levelled the game again. Switzerland gained the upper hand from there onwards. Swiss fourth Alina Paetz drew for four points and established a lead the team wouldn’t lose hold of, taking another three points in the next two ends en route to the win.

Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni said after the game, “we needed a few very nice shots to make them not steal and it’s good for us that we were able to make those kind of shots. We’re playing well. But, we know that the most important games are at the weekend, so we just have to make sure that we keep doing what we are doing.”

Sweden recorded their fifth victory of the tournament with an 8-4 win over Italy. Sweden took an early advantage, leading 4-0 after the first to ends, that Italy were not able to receover from. This result keeps Sweden in contention for a semi-final spot.

Russia also kept their play-off hopes alive with a 6-3 win over Finland. After a blank end, Russia took single points in both the eighth and ninth ends to take the score to 6-3 and win the game.

“We really needed to win after three losses in a row, so we understood that we really needed it now and we really focused on it,” skip Alina Kovaleva [pictured below, © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik] said after the match.

“After the second end we felt in control of the game, it’s much easier to play when you’re three up.”

Scotland took their second consecutive win, beating Germany 9-2, to also stay in reach of a semi-final berth. In the eighth end Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead played a hit for four points with her final stone to take the score line to 9-2, at which point Germany conceded.

In the final game of the session, Denmark came out on top of a close game against Czech Republic, winning 5-3.

Session seven results: Italy 4-8 Sweden; Finland 3-6 Russia; Germany 2-9 Scotland; Latvia 2-9 Switzerland; Denmark 5-3 Czech Republic

Standings after session seven:

Q Switzerland 7-0
Germany 5-2
Sweden 5-2
Russia 4-3
Scotland 4-3
Denmark 3-4
Czech Republic 2-5
Finland 2-5
Latvia 2-5
Italy 1-6

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