Switzerland have a perfect record of five wins from five at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George  ©WCF

Defending champions Switzerland and South Korea continued their faultless starts to their season in the World Women’s Curling Championship at the CN Centre in the Canadian city Prince George.

Switzerland defeated Turkey 8-3 and then Italy 8-6 as they recorded five consecutive wins.

Switzerland started off by taking one point from the opening end and then stealing another two in the second to hand themselves a 3-0 advantage.

Turkey skipper Dilşat Yıldız produced a stunning draw-shot in the fifth end by squeezing the stone into the house to score a point and reduce the deficit to 4-2.

Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Pätz played a throw to increase her team’s lead to 6-2 in the seventh.

After Turkey scored just the one point in the eighth end, the Swiss confirmed their commanding victory by scoring two more in the ninth.

Switzerland followed their victory with another against Italy but, on this occasion, they were forced to work harder for it.

Italy, with win-loss record of 1-3 after losing 8-4 to Norway, were tied 2-2 against their opponents after three ends.

The Swiss blanked the fourth and carried the hammer to the fifth, where they grabbed two points thanks to two perfect throws by Pätz.

Their 4-2 advantage was reduced by a one when Italy blanked the sixth end and score a point in the seventh.

The eighth end was a potential game-changer as the defending champions took three points to extend their lead to 7-3.

After the Italians fired back in the ninth with their own three-pointer after Swiss captain Silvana Tirinzoni exited the match, leaving Pätz to call the game and alternate player Carole Howald to take the second stones.

With the match standing at 7-6 in the final end, Pätz delivered for the Swiss again by performing a perfect take-out to score a point.

"They [Italy] played great actually," Tirinzoni said.

"So, they kept it close and Alina made some unbelievable shots.

"So, we were always a little bit ahead, but Italy was always keeping it close, so it was always dangerous.

"We had to stay focused and I’m glad we finished."

South Korea also maintained their 100 per cent following their dominating 11-4 win over the United States, though the score line barely told the story of the first part of the match.

The Americans had plenty of reasons to be positive when they held a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth end.

The South Koreans flipped the score before half-time by taking three points.

Their fourth victory of the competition was sealed in the ninth end when they stole another four points.

"We had a little trouble adjusting to the ice in the beginning, but we got it, and we were able to win big at the end." skip Kim Eun-jung admitted.

“We didn’t perform as well as we hoped we would at the Olympics and we lost a little bit of confidence but the preparation we had for the Olympics is coming out at this Championship, so I feel good about that.”

Japan, defeated 7-5 by Germany, and Sweden, 8-1 winners again against Czech Republic, are in joint third with four wins and a loss.

Canada and the US are below after three wins and two losses each.

The hosts beat Denmark 8-4 to level while the US recovered from their defeat to South Korea to win 12-4 against Norway,

Germany recorded their first two victories of the competition following three successive losses to share eighth with Norway,

As well as beaten Japan, they defeated Czech Republic 6-4.

Czech Republic and Italy, with one win and four losses, follow while Turkey are 12th place without a win from four matches.

Scotland are bottom after withdrawing from the competition yesterday due to numerous COVID-19 cases and are forfeiting their remaining matches having lost the two they did manage to complete.