Swiss women curlers win and lose on the day of the top duels
At first, the Swiss women had an answer to their avoidable defeat against Germany. They beat the World Cup runners-up from Russia 10: 6. Melanie Barbezat, Esther Neuenschwander, Silvana Tirinzoni and Alina Pätz had won the World Cup final in Calgary against the Russians around Alina Kowalewa in April.
The result in the round robin match in Lillehammer field was clearer. However, it hides the fact that the party was open to the end and that everything became clear only with a stolen house of two in the 10th end. After four ends, the Russians had led 4-2.
The duel with the Olympic champions and arch-rivals from Sweden for Skip Anna Hasselborg was decided in the 4th end when the Swiss captured a stolen three-man house to make it 5-1.
With the interim balance of 3: 2 victories, the two-time world champions from CC Aarau are on course for the semi-finals. In three of the four remaining round robin games they will be able to play against outsiders.
Edin too strong for the Swiss curlers
For the Swiss curlers around Skip Peter De Cruz there was nothing to win in the Round Robin against the world’s best team. The Geneva lost against Sweden 2: 7.
In the two ends before and after the break, the Swedes, led by seven-time European and five-time world champions Niklas Edin, moved away from 1: 1 to 5: 1. The third place in the World Cup, Valentin Tanner, Peter De Cruz, Sven Michel and Benoît Schwarz from CC Geneva, had nothing to oppose.