Canada’s Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg mates have their noggins in front of the Ford Worlds pack. Question now is, can they fight off the almost certain charges from the rear?
Jones is skipping the lone unbeaten team at the world women’s curling championship heading into Day Three action at the Credit Union iplex, advancing its cause to 3-and-0 on Sunday night with an 8-3 decision over Norway’s Linn Githmark.
Germany’s Andrea Schoepp of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, meanwhile, tumbled to her first loss of tournament on the same shift, bowing 10-3 to Denmark’s Angelina Jensen.
“Three wins is good,” allowed Jones, severely understating the case. “We were a little sloppy, Cathy O played really well, but both teams missed big shots for big ends.”
Denmark’s last-rock thrower Madeleine Dupont said her team showed marked improvement on Sunday. “We just weren’t ready in our first game,” said Dupont, “but were much better today and we have to keep it going.”
Defending world champion Bingyu Wang of China lost her third straight in what has thus far developed into a China meltdown.
Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, who defeated Wang in the Olympic opener at Vancouver, pummelled the Chinese 14-4 on Sunday night, wrapping it up in the eighth end with a six-ender.
“We didn’t have many slack shots at all,” said Muirhead, after directing a devastating performance by the Scots. “That’s the way we want to play. They were up against a lot. Every end they were drawing against a lot of stones, which made it good for us. That’s the name of our game, really. That’s what we have to do. Keep playing like that.”
Was Muirhead surprised by the Chinese struggles? “They’re known as slow starters,” she responded. “It’s good that we got them out of the way tonight.”
Wang earlier had told her coach she didn’t want to play in the game. Obviously she changed her mind or had it changed for her.
“It’s true I didn’t want to play but I come here so I should play,” said the Chinese skip, who won the Olympic bronze at Vancouver. We make so many mistakes today. We try to play well but nothing works. I think I have fallen down reading the ice. I’m not thinking the right way. I felt better tonight but we still lose so I have to work hard to turn this around.
“We need to get better if we’re going to the playoffs. I think playing tonight was good for me. I need to solve my problems on the ice. I hope we can learn from these three losses.”
Sweden’s Cecilia Ostlund rolled in a front rock and her last shooter to score a 10th-end four in one other late game, defeating winless Binia Feltscher of Switzerland 7-6.
Feltscher’s unit blew a pair of three-point leads in the game. In the final end, she missed both her shots to enable Ostlund the opportunity to execute her last stone for the winning four-count.
Play resumes Monday morning with Denmark (2-1) facing Russia (2-1), Germany (2-1) facing the U.S. (2-1), Scotland (2-1) playing Japan (1-2) and Latvia (1-2) tackling China (0-3).