Czech Republic and Denmark post first wins in Tallinn

  • Czech Republic’s Ezhen Kolchevskaia and skip Anna Kubeskova © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Czech Republic and Denmark posted their first wins of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, at the top of the standings wins for Switzerland and Russia make them the only unbeaten teams in the women’s event.

Czech Republic’s win came against Scotland – the very first time skip Anna Kubeskova has beaten the defending European champion team led by Eve Muirhead – by 8-7.

A pleased Kubeskova said, “it’s great. We have had three very tough opponents and after two loses we were under pressure. So far we haven’t beaten Team Muirhead, so [this win] is a very big success for us.”

Despite having a commanding lead throughout their game against Finland, Denmark’s [pictured below, © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik] game came down to the very last stone. In the ninth end, Finland’s skip, Oona Kauste, scored three points to level the game at 5-5. Then, Denmark’s skip Madeleine Dupont had to make a hit for one point with her last stone to ensure the win, 6-5.

A relieved Dupont explained afterwards, “that was a tough one. We had the same sort of game against Latvia that we just threw away. I was nervous to do this again. Just to be ahead a lot and then throw it away. I just had to think of it as a one-end-game and it’s good to be on the board – any win is good.”

Switzerland beat the Olympic champions, Sweden. With three single point scores in their last three ends, Silvana Tirinzoni’s Swiss team secured a 7-4 victory over Anna Hasselborg’s Swedish side. Russia’s game with Latvia came down to an extra end and with a steal of one point, Alina Kovaleva’s side secured the win 8-7.

Germany also won in this session, after an extra end, by 8-7.

Session three results: Germany 8-7 Italy; Denmark 6-5 Finland; Scotland 7-8 Czech Republic; Russia 8-7 Latvia; Switzerland 7-4 Sweden

Standings after session three:

Russia 3-0
Switzerland 3-0
Germany 2-1
Sweden 2-1
Czech Republic 1-2
Denmark 1-2
Finland 1-2
Latvia 1-2
Scotland 1-2
Italy 0-3

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