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March 18, 2019
Russia outplays USA at Women’s World Championship
(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – Inconsistent play haunted Team USA tonight in an 8-7 loss to Russia in round robin action at the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.
Team USA’s Jamie Sinclair rink started out with a 3-0 lead tonight at Silkeborg Sportscenter but it dissipated as Russia’s Alina Kosaleva rink out-shot the U.S. ladies 84 to 69 percent.
Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) are now 2-3 in the 12-game round robin with plenty of games to come as they seek to reach the playoffs for the second straight year.
“We have our opportunities and are getting the ends set up and sometimes it just goes awry,” said Sarah Anderson, 24, who also was part of Team USA at the 2013 World Women’s Championship. “The teams are all playing really well so it’s tough out there. But, hopefully tomorrow we can get two wins.”
The U.S. ladies return to the ice on Tuesday with games against Germany (2-2) and Canada (3-2).
“We have to keep up the communication and focus and take every game one at a time because it is such a long week,” Sarah Anderson said. “We need to re-focus for tomorrow.”
After a blank end attempt left a U.S. stone in the house, the Americans got on the scoreboard first with a single point. Team USA benefitted from two key misses from Russia’s skip in the second end to steal two points and jump out to a 3-0 lead.
A series of unfortunate placement of stones by the U.S. left Russia in position to score a big end in the third. However, Sinclair was able to remove two of them with her final shot to give Russia just a draw for two.
A series of half shots from the Americans in the fourth end had Sinclair facing three Russian stones when she got into the hack to throw her final rock. The U.S. would escape having only given up a single point as Russia tied the game. The pressure continued from the Russians in the fifth end and when USA’s tap-back for one point over-curled, Russia stole two points for a 5-3 lead.
The U.S. used a great freeze with Sinclair’s first stone to set up a takeout to score two points in the sixth and level the scoreboard once again. Russia had a deuce brewing in the seventh end until their vice skip’s shooter rolled out of the rings and the end was blanked instead. The Russians would take back the lead in the eighth end when the U.S. narrowly missed a takeout attempt that set up a draw for two.
The U.S. countered by arranging two points of their own and secured the points with an open takeout. Needing to steal the win, the U.S. had a chance at the steal but Russia was able to double out American stones in the top of the house to sew up their fourth win.
*USA 120 002 002 0 – 7
Russia 002 120 020 1 – 8
*last rock in first end
Other Draw 8 scores: China 8, Denmark 4; Scotland 5, Latvia 4; Canada 7, Finland 6
Draw 7 scores: Switzerland 9, Denmark 3; Sweden 8, Korea 4; Scotland 9, Germany 8; Japan 7, Canada 5
How to watch: In partnership with World Curling TV, the Olympic Channel and NBCSN are providing 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 are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2019. USA Curling is posting 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)):
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:
Russia 8, USA 7
USA 6, Finland 3
Korea 9, USA 5
USA 8, Denmark 6
Japan 9, USA 5
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