Day 4 Roundup

Norway have now won five games in a row Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Czech Republic, Norway, Russia and Sweden remain the only undefeated teams after 17 sessions of round-robin play in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014 being held in the Dumfries Ice Bowl in Scotland.

All of these teams top the standings in their groups - Russia in A Group, Sweden in B Group, Czech Republic in C Group and Norway in D Group, all with five wins and no losses.

Sweden kept up their perfect record as they defeated Latvia 9-2 in this afternoon's early session of play. Latvia conceded after only six ends after Sweden’s Per Noreen drew into an open house to score three points.

Meanwhile, Scotland and Canada kept up the pressure on Sweden at the top of B Group. Scotland won 12-2 against Slovenia while Canada defeated Estonia 8-7.

Following their 7-6 win against Australia earlier in the day, the Czech Republic continued their good form in this session as they raced to a 6-0 lead against Poland after only two ends.

They eventually went on to win 9-2 to remain at the top of the C Group. The other game of this session saw USA defeat Ireland 10-0 in D Group.

Earlier, in the first session of the day, A Group leaders Russia and Hungary faced up to each other.

Both teams were previously unbeaten and their good form produced a very tight game.

Although Hungary were never in the lead during the game, Russia had to hold their nerve as they played a simple eighth end to deny Hungary any chance of stealing points, to eventually win by 5-4.

Austria also remain hopeful of qualifying from A Group for the quarter finals and their 15-4 win against England will have done their chances no harm.

Other scores in this session were Italy 10, Belarus 3 and Denmark 6, Wales 2.

Later in the morning, Norway ensured their unbeaten record remained intact with a 6-2 win against China.

France kept up the pressure on Norway in this group as they defeated Germany 13-1 in only six ends.

On the other sheets, New Zealand picked up their first win of the championship with an 8-2 win against Spain, while Finland beat Brazil 13-1 and Switzerland won 12-3 against Slovakia.

In the early evening session, Hungary and China got back to winning ways. Hungary defeated England 9-3 while China beat Germany 12-2 in seven ends.

Australia remain in the qualification hunt as they won 7-5 against Romania 7-5, along with Switzerland who beat Japan 8-7 in what was a tight game.

The only other game of this session went to an extra end as Netherlands defeated Slovakia who are still looking for their first win in this Championship.

In the late evening session, in the A Group, Russia maintained their unbeaten streak with a 15-1 win over Belarus in six ends. Austria picked up another win 8-5 over Italy and Korea beat Denmark 6-5.

D Group's Spain built up a five point lead in their game against Ireland and eventually ran the Irish out of stones in the eighth end for a 10-5 win.

The D Group game between New Zealand and USA went to an extra end. The Kiwis lost the lead they built in the first half of the game and the US duo eventually to take two points in the extra end for a 9-7 win.

They said it:

Alessio Gonin - Italy (after their 10-3 against Belarus): "We played better, not bad but I know we can play better. In the first end, Latvia made a mistake for the five ender. We need to do better against Austria though. I hope there is still a chance to qualify. Last year we played very well, better than this year. Austria and Russia are the favourites but you've got Hungary in there too."

Viktoriia Moiseeva – Russia (after their 5-4 win against Hungary): “We didn't play well - both teams made a lot of mistakes. The ice was difficult to play on and we were a bit lucky sometimes.

"There's no secret to our success, we are just trying our best. Now our goal is to win all the games left in the round-robin to be first in the group and to qualify for the quarter-finals."

Kenny Thomson - New Zealand (after 8-2 win against Spain): "This is our first Mixed Doubles Championship and I'll be honest in saying that it's a lot tougher than we expected. It's a seriously good standard. Even the guys you think are not going to play that great come up with some fantastic shots. It's tough, it's fun, but you need to remain focused all of the time."

Magnus Nedregotten - Norway (after 6-2 win against China): "It was an important win. That was the first real hard test we've had this week - China are a strong team. We managed to play our game, we had a little bit of a bad start and didn't really manage to get the point we were supposed to get - we didn't really take our chances.

Camilla Johansson - Sweden (after 9-2 win against Latvia): "We played well today. We had a little more to give in the game but we're heading in the right direction."

Zuzana Hájková - Czech Republic (after their 9-2 win against Poland): "We got better throughout the game - maybe it is something that we are still not used to. I think that the first five ends were just fine, but in the sixth end we started playing a defensive game and it didn't work out. Normally, we are really good in the defensive game, and we were quite surprised that it didn't go well."

Round-robin play in each of the four groups continues until the morning of Tuesday 29 April.

Later that afternoon, the quarter-finals will take place. The first place teams in each of the four groups qualify automatically while the second and third placed teams in each group play-off to determine the other four qualifying teams for the quarter-finals.

After that, Wednesday 30 April sees the semi-finals take place, followed by both the bronze and gold medal games.

For the latest standings, visit the homepage: http://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net

More athlete quotes are available here: http://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net/day-4-athlete-reaction

Curling fans around the world will also be able to see a number of live games and selected highlights from the 2014 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

You can see the full webcast schedule here: http://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net/schedule

At the same time as staging the World Mixed Doubles Championship, the Dumfries Ice Bowl will also act as host to the Men's and Women's World Senior Curling Championships. More information about that event can be found here: http://wscc2014.worldcurling.net

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