Japan outlasts USA to pick up round robin win in Silkeborg

By Terry L. Davis | March 17, 2019, 7:25 a.m. (ET)

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March 17, 2019

 

Japan outlasts U.S. to earn win at Women’s World Championship

 

(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – Japan opened the door to opportunities at several points in today’s match against the United States, but Jamie Sinclair and the American ladies were not able to capitalize in a 9-5 loss at the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.

 

Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) struggled to put full ends together in the loss to Seina Nakajima’s rink.

 

“It was a tough game. Just the start – even in the practice, the ice was a little heavier and you could tell the girls just weren’t comfortable,” said U.S. Coach Bryan Cochrane. “It was one of those games where you can see you have some opportunities and you just didn’t keep the pressure on them enough – long enough – to take advantage.”

 

The win improves Japan to 2-0 as they sit in a three-way tie for first place with China and Russia at the Silkeborg Sportscenter. China picked up a 10-2 win over Finland while Russia used the final stone to defeat host Denmark, 7-6.

 

“We made difficult shots successfully based on teamwork and communications,” Nakajima said about the win over the U.S. ladies.

 

The U.S. team returns to the ice tonight to take on Korea’s Minji Kim rink, which defeated Canada last night to boast a 1-0 record in the 12-game round robin.

 

“I’ve found throughout the year that it is important for our team to work its way into a game to feel comfortable – to know the speed and not jump into being too aggressive too early,” Cochrane said. “Patient is the key. I’ve used that word a few times. Those games can be hard on you sometimes because when you miss opportunities or give some shots away it is hard to stay patient so you try to force it and that’s where you get yourself in trouble and the team starts to force it. It doesn’t seem like anything is easy at that point.”

 

A missed takeout with Japan’s first skip stone of the game allowed the U.S. to add a second stone into the house but last-rock thrower Ikue Kitazawa played a perfect double takeout to score two for Japan to get their offense going. A series of misses by Team USA in the second end resulted in Japan stealing a point. The Americans struggled throughout the third end as well but secured a single point to get on the scoreboard. The U.S. capitalized on a missed takeout with the final stone of the fourth end to steal a point and narrow Japan’s lead to 3-2.

 

A nice double takeout from Kitazawa in the fifth end bailed Japan out and set up a potential deuce. However, the U.S. ladies would miss their hit-and-roll attempt on a Japanese stone on the far side of the rings to set Japan up to draw in for three points for a commanding 6-2 lead. Sinclair bailed out the U.S. in the sixth end with a perfectly-played double tap to move Japanese granite and score two points.

 

Japan was poised to put two or three points on the scoreboard in the seventh end until Sinclair made a double takeout and Japan was heavy with its draw for two points. Instead, Japan collected a single point and took a three-point lead into the eighth. The American team struggled in the next end and was forced into a hit and stay for a single point. In the ninth end, the U.S. was unable to keep Japan off the scoreboard as they earned another deuce on a double takeout to put the game away.

 

Line score:

USA       001 202 010 x – 5

*Japan 210 030 102 x – 9

*last rock in first end

 

Other Draw 3 scores: China 10, Finland 2; Canada 8, Germany 5; Russia 7, Denmark 6

 

Standings:

China                  2-0

Japan                  2-0

Russia                 2-0

Korea                  1-0

Canada               1-1

Germany            1-1

Sweden              1-1

Switzerland        1-1

USA                     1-1

Scotland             0-1

Denmark            0-2

Finland               0-2

Latvia                  0-2

 

How to watch: In partnership with World Curling TV, the Olympic Channel and NBCSN will combine to carry live coverage of all of Team USA’s round robin games plus the playoffs. To see the complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/March/04/TV-schedule-for-Womens-World-Championship.

 

Live scores & social media: Live scores will be posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2019. USA Curling will post game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wwcc2019 and #curling.

 

Team USA schedule (all times local, Central European Time (CET)):

Sunday: 7 p.m., USA vs. Korea (Minji Kim)

Monday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Finland (Oona Kauste); 7 p.m., USA vs. Russia (Alina Kosaleva)

Tuesday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Germany (Daniela Jentsch); 7 p.m., USA vs. Canada (Chelsea Carey)

Wednesday: 2 p.m., USA vs. Latvia (Iveta Stasa-Sarsune); 7 p.m., USA vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg)

Thursday: 2 p.m., USA vs. China (Jie Mei)

Friday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Scotland (Sophie Jackson); 2 p.m., USA vs. Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni)

 

USA round robin results:

USA 8, Denmark 6

Japan 9, USA 5

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).