9 May 2019

Japan’s Team Fujisawa find groove to score first win in Grand Final

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Russia also grab their first victory in Beijing as Team Jones remain unbeaten.

Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa registered their first win in Beijing with a tight victory over United States’ Team Nina Roth, defeating their group A rivals 7-5 in Beijing.

On day one, the Japanese quartet were out-classed by Canada but they fought back on day two, with an assured performance before their all-Asian affair with China on Friday.

Japan vice-skip Chinami Yoshida was pleased with the spirit shown by her teammates: “We struggled to adapt to conditions in yesterday’s game so today we focused on our own execution. We made sure we were comfortable with the ice and played much better today.

“I can’t forget about our triumph in Omaha and I’ve been so excited to come back. Curling in May is different, but we’ve been trying to peak for this tournament with our training and hopefully our performances will show this week.

Elsewhere on day two, Canada’s Team Jennifer Jones were made to work hard for their second win by home favourites Team Yilun Jiang here in Beijing.

A number of timely shots made by skip Jiang pushed the 2014 Olympic champions, but the Canadians stayed firm as they ran China out of stones to win 4-1 in a low-scoring affair.

Team Anna Sidorova of Russia held their nerve to gain their first success in Beijing – two years on from their world silver medal in the city.

A score of two in the final end by Sidorova - after Korea’s Minji Kim missed her take-out - ensured a 7-5 triumph over the Jonkoping leg winner.

"After yesterday's performance, it was nice to get confidence on the ice,” Sidorova reflected. “It was really hard on the mental side because we didn't play many competitions. We love the chance to play but it makes us a little bit nervous and that's curling.

"Sometimes it's even better to feel nervous because you are hungry to win and play every shot. Today it worked despite the nerves. I played a good game today.

“Two of us live in Moscow and the other two live in another town so our chance to practice is low. So, we did a sport camp before to spend time together doing physical training and sessions on the ice.”

In the last women's game of day two we were treated to a repeat of the recent World Women's Curling Championship final between Team Anna Hasselborg and Team Silvana Tirinzoni.

The Swedish outfit were unable to avenge their defeat from Silkeborg, Denmark six weeks ago as they fell 6-2 to their Swiss rivals and remain winless in Beijing this week.

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