China, Japan and hosts South Korea all picked up two wins as action continued today in the women’s Pacific-Asia Curling Championships at the Uiseong Curling Training Center.
Having defeated Australia 14-5 earlier in the day, China scored in six of the seven ends played to defeat Hong Kong 18-2 in the evening session.
The win was aided by steals of four points in the third and fourth ends and sealed with a further score of four points in the seventh.
"It was a good win," said China skip Bingyu Wang.
"We lost the first game and we needed these two to get our confidence back and feel the rocks, feel the ice, and I hope we can finish well.
"I think this week there’s no pressure on us because we have qualified already, but this is a new team.
"I’ve come back and my lead [Yan Zhou] plays third now, so it doesn’t matter what team we play against, we just want to try our best."
China’s record of two wins and one loss puts them in third place, behind Japan and South Korea, who remain undefeated.
Following a 14-3 win against Hong Kong in the morning session, South Korea recorded a 23-1 victory over Australia.
The home nation scored in six of the seven ends played, including a steal of five points in the third and a score of seven points in the fifth on their way to an emphatic triumph.
Japan, meanwhile, backed up their narrow 8-7 win over New Zealand by beating Kazakhstan 14-1 after six ends of play that included steals of two, four and three points in the last three ends played.
New Zealand recovered from their set-back to defeat newcomers Qatar 21-0, opening the scoring with five points in the first end and then stealing the remaining 16 points over the next five ends.
Qatar, who lost 18-1 to Kazakhstan in the morning session, blanked the seventh end and then ran out of stones in the eighth.
The fourth session of men’s round-robin games saw Hong Kong record their first-ever victory at international level, defeating Qatar 9-5.
South Korea picked up their fourth win of the competition when, after a disagreement over an umpiring decision, Kazakhstan chose to forfeit the game rather than continue.
There was also a 7-4 victory for China against Japan, and a 7-3 success for Chinese Taipei over Australia helped largely by a score of two points in the eighth end and a steal of three points in the 10th.
These results mean undefeated China sit in second place, while Japan and Chinese Taipei are level in third with identical records of three wins and one loss.
Following the conclusion of round-robin play, the semi-finals are due to place on Friday (November 11) before the men's and women’s gold and bronze medal games bring the event to its close on Saturday (November 12).