China won the Asia and Pacific women's curling title for the
sixth time in the past seven years.
The Chinese team of Yan Zhou, Qingshuang Yue, Yin Liu and
Bingyu Wang beat Chiaki Matsumura, Emi Shimizu, Miyo Ichikawa
and Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan) 10-4 at the Naseby Indoor
China played steady and accurate rocks and applied pressure
when it counted.
China is at its most dangerous straight after a break and it
was the same yesterday when the sixth end was decisive.
The scores were level 3-3 after five ends when Japanese skip
Satsuki Fujisawa bent her stone in from the right to push out
China's shot rock.
The Chinese were adept at clearing the decks early to put
pressure on their opponents. Yue knocked the Japanese shot
rock out of the house and left the way clear for Wang to show
She pushed the Japanese scoring rock out of the house with
her first stone and then drew the bonus shot with her second.
China won the measure for the fourth rock and the game was
"They started to miss rocks and we applied the pressure,"
Wang said. "That was the key to our win."
China led 7-3 and closed the game down after this to make it
difficult for Japan to break back.
China's tactics after this were to clear the decks and
restrict Japan to single shots when it had the last rock. The
game ended on the eighth end when the confident Chinese added
three more shots.
Coach Weidong Tan said China followed its own plan and was
not sucked into following its opponent's game.
The win was a reward for Wang (28), who has been curling
since 2001 and has been a member of the elite Chinese team
Her ability to think ahead and read the game has been a
feature of her ability as a skip.
Wang has now skipped China to six Asia and Pacific titles and
a gold medal at the world championships in 2009.
One of her biggest thrills was to win a bronze medal at the
2010 Olympic Games.
But she is keeping her feet on the ground.
"We are not there yet. We don't have enough points and still
have to qualify for the Olympics. That is our big goal."
China had a disappointing world championships in Switzerland
this year and is ranked only 11th in the world.
"It's great to have qualified for the world championships,"
Wang said. "It gives us one more chance to get points for the
The coach is confident his team can get enough qualifying
points at the world championships in Latvia early next year
to get to the Olympics.
Korea won the bronze medal when it beat Australia 9-3 in the
playoff for third and fourth.