Day 3: w5 Roundup

Scotland lost out to Sweden in a repeat of last year's final Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Karlstad, Sweden - Monday evening's women's fifth round -robin session of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden brought together defending champions Scotland and Sweden, a re-run of last year's final.

This time round, the result and performances were entirely different, with Sweden handing out a 9-2, seven-end defeat to the Scots.

The Swedes set up this result with a score of three points in the second end and a steal of two points in the third end. After this, in the fifth end, Sweden's fourth player Maria Prytz drew into the house to score two points before Sweden stole another two points in the sixth end. Scotland's Eve Muirhead concluded what was for her an unhappy session of play by drawing for one point in the seventh end and immediately conceding.

This was the second one-sided win of the day for the Swedes, and skip, Margaretha Sigfridsson, said: "We had a really good day today, we played extremely well. It could be one of our best days. Eve and her team are one of the toughest around so it was important to win this game."

Denmark moved up into joint top slot alongside Sweden with a 7-3 win over Hungary. They took control in the first half, stealing one point in the third end and another two points in the fourth end. Hungary finally got onto the scoreboard with a single point in the fifth end. After this, and despite scoring two points in the eighth end, Hungary could not really get back on terms.

Russia is the third joint leading nation following their 12-7 win over Italy. The Italians were strong in the first half but Russia moved away for the rest of the game, helped largely by a hit for three points in the seventh end by skip Anna Sidorova. Speaking after the game, she said: "We tried a new style of play against Sweden this morning - it didn’t work. It was really important for us to recover, so tonight we went back to our normal style."

World champions Switzerland got off to a good start in their game against Finland. After Switzerland took four points in the first three ends, Finland responded when skip, Anne Malmi, produced a nice double take-out to score two points in the fourth end. But in the next end Swiss skip Mirjam Ott, who had lost to Denmark in the morning session, hit to score two points on their way to a 9-4 victory.

Switzerland now share joint fourth spot with Scotland, and after the game, Ott said: "We're glad to get back to winning ways. We had an early lead but you still have to defend your lead and we did it very well. We played a good game this morning - we just played the extra end terribly."

In the fifth game of the session, Germany faced the Czech Republic and carved out their second victory of the day by 7-6. In the fifth end, German skip Andrea Schopp missed a raise attempt, but still managed to score one point which helped her build her victory, which she sealed with two points in the tenth end.

Standings* (after 5 sessions):

Sweden 4-1
Denmark 4-1
Russia 4-1
Switzerland 3-2
Scotland 3-2
Czech Republic 2-3
Germany 2-3
Italy 1-4
Finland 1-4
Hungary 1-4.

*All standings take account of win-loss record and draw shot challenge (DSC)

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