With high winds blowing outside the Credit Union iplex, Team Canada sailed to another easy victory at the Ford World women’s curling championship, presented by Monsanto, on Wednesday morning.
Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg squad bounced off a near-perfect performance against the U.S. on Tuesday night and walloped Moe Meguro’s Japanese outfit 10-2 in a match that endured for only seven ends.
Canada now is 8-and-0 with a contest against Germany’s veteran Andrea Schoepp looming at 1:30 p.m. CT.
The U.S., meanwhile, rebounded from Tuesday’s defeat, shrugged off early-morning cobwebs and defeated Switzerland’s Corinne Bourquin-skipped team 9-7.
Idle Scotland remained Canada’s closest competitor with a 6-and-1 record while the U.S. is 6-and-2. Sweden’s young team skipped by Cecilia Ostlund won its fifth game of the week with a 7-4 conquest of rookie Latvia. Norway’s Linn Githmark dragged Russia back into a group of four-time losers with a skin-tight 4-3 decision.
The Americans continued to dance on a tightrope in their match, trailing 3-0 after two ends.
“We try to make it exciting, that’s for sure,” quipped skip Erika Brown, who lives in Oakville, ON., but plays out of the Madison, Wis., Curling Club. “I got off to a bad start, missed some shots early, got in a jam and had to fight back. Normally, I like the morning but it was a little slack today. It was a short night coming off that Canada game.”
Brown said her string of past tight games should leave her team in good stead for a possible playoff run.
“Every single game, we’ve been under the gun,” she said. “We’ve come out on top of most of them and I think it bodes well for us. It’s good momentum to keep us going through the week.”
Nobody has been forced to play more last rocks than Brown over the first five days of the tournament.
“That doesn’t hurt,” she said. “You go back and remember all those last rocks you made and it helps in tight situations later on.”
Also playing on the 13th draw today at 1:30 p.m., Scotland tangles with Switzerland, Sweden takes on Denmark (3-4) and defending champion China (3-4) tackles Norway.