Monday morning smiles!

Sweden’s Sofia Mabergs, left, and Anna Hasselborg were in a good mood during their win over the Czech Republic on Monday morning. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Top teams taking control at world women’s curling championship

It’s still early but they have already begun to separate the wheat from the chaff at the 2022 BKT Tires & OK Tires Tire World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Nature’s Bounty, in Prince George, B.C.

Team Italy skip Stefania Constantini releases her shot during action on Monday. (Photo, Curling Canada/ Michael Burns)

When the smoke cleared from a truncated morning draw Monday at CN Centre, the top half of the standings looked mostly like a Who’s Who of women’s world curling elite, followed by some of the usual stragglers.

Moving to the top of the heap was Japan’s skip Ikue Kitazawa’s Team Japan which improved its record to a sparkling 4-0 without lifting a finger. The Japanese were handed a victory over Team Scotland which had to bow out of the 13-team, round-robin competition Sunday over COVID concerns.

The victory pulled the Japanese one win ahead of Team South Korea and Team Switzerland, in the standings. The Koreans, skipped by EunJung Kim, and the two-time defending champions from Switzerland, skipped by Silvana Tirinzoni, are both 3-0 and enjoyed the morning bye.

The two other games that were played had some major consequences as Team Sweden moved up and Team Norway moved down the ladder.

Skip Anna Hasselborg, the 2018 Olympic gold-medal winner from Sweden, improved her record to 3-1 after scoring an 8-1 win in seven ends over the Czech Republic (1-3) skipped by Alzbeta Baudysova.

Team Norway (2-2), skipped by Marianne Roervik with Kristin Skaslien throwing final stones, had the chance to stay even with the Swedes but dropped an 8-4 decision to previously winless Team Italy’s Stefania Constantini (1-3). The Italians, who trailed 3-0 after four ends, scored three in the fifth end and stole four more in the seventh to take control.

Sweden’s Sofia Mabergs’ tattoo. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

Team United States and Team Denmark follow with 2-1 records, with skip Kerri Einarson’s Team Canada’s next at 2-2. All three teams had the morning bye.

Team Canada will hope to get back in the mix near the top of the standings when it takes on skip Madeleine Dupont’s Team Denmark (2-1) in the afternoon draw. Einarson, who is supported in Prince George by third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard, lead Briane Meilleur, alternate Krysten Karwacki, team coach Reid Carruthers and national coach Renée Sonnenberg, will be looking to shake off the bad vibes following an 11-3 loss the night before against the Swiss. 

The top six teams qualify for the playoff round with the top two receiving a bye while the remaining four knock heads in the first round. 

The 2022 BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Curling Championship continues with draws Monday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (all times PT).

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