Great Britain’s women’s curling team, including Vicki Adams from Stranraer, moved closer to a semi-final place with a 9-6 win over Russia in Monday morning’s eleventh session of women’s round-robin play in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi.
After blanking the first end, Great Britain opened the scoring in the second end of their game against Russia, scoring one point.
In the third end, Russian skip Anna Sidorova drew her second stone into the house to score two points for a 2-1 lead.
The teams were tied at 3-3 after six ends, and after blanking the seventh end, Great Britain scored a game-changing four points when their skip Eve Muirhead had a simple tap-out on an open Russian stone and take a 7-3 lead.
The Russians fought back in the ninth end however, scoring three points to reduce Great Britain’s lead to just one point at 7-6, but Muirhead sealed victory for her team with a double take-out to score two points in the tenth end and win by 9-6.
When she came off the ice, Great Britain skip Eve Muirhead said: “We’re really pleased with that, we played well. It was always going to be a tough game against Russia, they’re one of our big European rivals. We had a bit of a turning point in the eighth end getting that four, but it was always going to be a game of patience and that was exactly what we did.”
About the eighth end in particular, she added: “We played the scoreboard and blanked the seventh end, and scoring in the eighth is always good. My two would have been good, but taking a four was a bonus. We had great stone placement in that end and left her a really tough last shot and for myself, a wee hack-weight tap, so to come out with the four gave us the kind of lead that we needed.”
Women Session 11: Russia 6, Great Britain 9; Korea 11, USA 2; Japan 8, China 5. (bye – Canada, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.)
Women’s standings after 11 sessions:
1. Canada 8-0 (Qualified for semi-finals)
2. Sweden 6-2 (Qualified for semi-finals)
3. Great Britain 5-3
4. China 4-4
4. Japan 4-4
4. Switzerland 4-4
7. Denmark 3-5
7. Korea 3-5
9. Russia 3-6
10. USA 1-8