Canada’s Jennifer Jones added another digit to the winning record at the Ford World women’s curling championship, presented by Monsanto, on Monday afternoon, doubling the score 12-6 on rookie Latvia in a lopsided affair.
Canada (4-and-0) will return to the Credit Union iplex ice later today (7:30 p.m. CT) in a rematch of the 2008 world championship final against defending world champion Bingyu Wang of China.
“It should be a good game,” offered Jones. “They got off to a slow start but we know they play the game really well.”
Canada hit for three in the first end, added a third-end deuce and a fifth-end three for a runaway 8-2 lead. The Latvians hung in the game and cracked a three of their own in the eighth end to pull within three points but Canada got those points back in the ninth and the final end wasn’t completed.
“They played an interesting game,” said Jones. “She (Latvian skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune) made a lot of big shots against big numbers and they had a lot of fun out there.”
The U.S. team from Madison, Wis., with Erika Brown of Oakville, ON., directing traffic, matched Canada in the win bracket with its fourth of the tournament, an 8-7 triumph over Norway’s Linn Githmark.
“We’re quite pleased to be 4-and-1,” said Brown, who is representing a nation that hasn’t produced a strong international showing in two seasons. We have lots of games left,” added Brown, who will collide with Canada’s Jones on Tuesday night.
A steal of two in the sixth end catapulted the Yanks in front of the hot-shooting Norwegians 5-3 but Githmark managed three in the ninth to tie the match playing the 10th.
“Every game here is tough,” said Brown, who has required last shots in three games. “But we played well today, we got to play a lot of finesse shots, a lot of down-weight shots and that’s great when you can get more aggressive and give yourself the opportunity to make huge shots. It’s more fun, more interesting and it gets you ready for the end of the week.”
In other games, Binia Feltscher of Switzerland held on for her first win, defeating Russia 7-6 in an extra end, thereby ending a three-game winning streak for the young group skipped by Anna Sidorova, while Sweden won its third in four starts, 8-5 over Moe Meguro (1-4) of Japan.
In other Draw Eight encounters later today at 7:30 p.m. CT, Scotland (3-1) will play Sweden, Denmark (2-2) will play Switzerland (1-3) and Germany (2-2) will go against Norway (1-3).