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Russia hands Canada first loss at 2016 Ford Worlds

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Team Canada’s late-game magic went missing on Monday morning, and it resulted in its first loss of the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Meridian Manufacturing.

Chelsea Carey’s Calgary team — 3-0 after the opening weekend at the Credit Union iplex — bowed 6-3 to Russia’s Anna Sidorova, and left those two teams part of a four-way tie for top spot in the 12-team round-robin standings at 3-1, along with Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa and Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher.

After giving up a first-end deuce to the Russians, Canada scored three in the third end to take the lead. Russia would then blank the next three ends before cracking a crucial deuce in the seventh, taking advantage of a Carey miss that allowed Sidorova to draw for her pair.

“We knew it would be a battle, and it’s not even frustrating so much that we lost; it was just that we kind of handed to them,” said a disappointed Carey. “We played a good first half of the game, and then I missed that shot in seven and it kind of fell apart from there. If I make that shot? It totally changed the momentum of the game and we weren’t able to recover.”

Canadian vice-skip Amy Nixon calls instructions to sweepers on Monday. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Canadian vice-skip Amy Nixon calls instructions to sweepers on Monday. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Unlike their two wins to open the championship, in which the Canadians put together late-game rallies, this time it was the Russians who were nails-tough down the stretch, following up the deuce with stolen singles in the eight and ninth ends en route to the victory.

“We’re happy to win against Canada because Canada has the greatest teams in the world and that was a big win for us,” said Sidorova, whose team has won bronze at the past two world women’s championships. “But for now it means nothing as we still have a lot of games to play.”

The Canadians will be back on the ice later Monday for a 7 p.m. (all times MDT) showdown against a struggling Swedish team (1-2) skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson.

Before then, said Carey, the only priority is to get some rest after a sleepless night that followed an emotional win over the United States on Sunday night.

“I just need to go get some sleep,” she said. “I didn’t sleep well last night and I wasn’t in a great head space. I fought hard to get there, and I just couldn’t quite get there. So now I’ll go have a nap.”

In other morning-draw games, Denmark’s Lene Nielsen (2-2) handed Japan its first loss with an 11-4 triumph; Erika Brown of the U.S. (1-3) hit the win column with a 5-3 triumph over Italy’s Federica Apollonio (0-4); and Switzerland knocked off Finland’s Oona Kauste (1-3) 9-6.

U.S. skip Erika Brown picked up her first win on Monday. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

U.S. skip Erika Brown picked up her first win on Monday. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Scotland’s Eve Muirhead (2-1), Germany’s Daniela Driendl (2-1), South Korea’s Un Chi Gim (1-2) and the Swedes all had byes on Monday morning.

The Ford Worlds continue on Monday with draws at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at http://www.curling.ca/2016worldwomen/?lang=fr

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the 2016 Ford Worlds.