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Sweden in pole position after thrilling win over USA

Sweden in pole position after thrilling win over USA
By Sportsbeat

21/03/2019 at 07:16Updated 21/03/2019 at 10:46

Sweden remain top of the LGT World Women’s standings at the end of the fifth day of action after a 9-7 win over the USA.

Also, with six play-off places available at the end the round-robin stage, Switzerland had a vital extra-end win, by 9-8 over China, that kept them firmly amongst the play-off contenders – in fifth position.

Also, during this 14th session of round-robin games, Russia beat Germany 7-4, which moved them into second place in the standings and Japan bounced back from an earlier defeat, to win against Finland, 10-4.

Sweden opened the scoring in their game against United States with two points in the first end. By the half-time break they had established a 5-2 lead.

Sweden's Agnes Knochenhauer (L) and Sofia Mabergs (R) sweep

Sweden's Agnes Knochenhauer (L) and Sofia Mabergs (R) sweepGetty Images

However, Anna Hasselborg’s Olympic champion Swedish team crafted the tenth end well, protecting three tightly bunched stones over the button. Sinclair attempted to remove these with her final stone, but hit a guard on the way in handing the win to the Swedes, 9-8.

Sweden’s vice-skip Sara McManus said after the game, "We didn’t expect that [from United States].

"I think we became a little loose in the second half and that is not something we wanted to do. It kept us on our toes and we played a really good last end. It was a little bit of a struggle out there."