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March 20, 2019
Sweden edges American women at World Championship
(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – Team USA will have to show even more grit and determination to claw into the playoffs of the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship after a tough loss tonight to Sweden at Silkeborg Sportscenter.
Jamie Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) had their best shooting output of the world championship tonight in a narrow 9-7 loss to Anna Hasselborg’s Olympic champions. The team combined to shoot 80 percent with Sinclair turning in her best performance as well.
“I thought that game was more our style of strategy and our style of play,” Walker said. “We were much more comfortable out there and making more shots as a team. Jamie played really well and felt really comfortable so that’s really the momentum we want going forward. We want her to feel good out there.”
The U.S. ladies have three games left to test their mettle and get into the six-team playoffs this weekend despite tonight’s setback.
“We feel really good going into the last few games and we definitely need to pull out some wins, but we know our playoff hopes are still alive,” Walker said.
The remaining round robin opponents for the U.S. include China (6-3), Scotland (4-4) and Switzerland (5-3) – all teams also fighting for their playoff lives.
The win improves Hasselborg’s squad to 7-1 and pushes the team’s win streak to seven straight. The U.S. team gave the Olympic champs a run for their money tonight and minus a few snafus were close to securing a win.
“Even though we didn’t get the win we’re feeling really good and we’re excited to come out on the ice tomorrow and play at the same level,” said Walker, who is competing in her third world championship.
Sweden started the game with an open hit for two points to get the offense going. The U.S. was forced into making a takeout to secure a point in the second end as Sweden controlled the game early on.
The Swedish ladies were building another deuce in the third end until a double takeout from Sinclair thwarted the plan. Sweden was eventually forced to draw for a single point. The fourth end would find the U.S. team in trouble until the latter few shots, but Sinclair was still forced to draw the four-foot for a single point.
The U.S. put together a solid fifth end and had Sweden chasing an American stone in the back of the four-foot. Sweden finally drew around the center guard and stuck one on the button with Hasselborg’s first shot. Sinclair’s attempt to draw down to it was light and Hasselborg was able to navigate another stone in for the skip’s deuce.
The U.S. put itself into good position to score multiple points in the sixth end and capitalized with a draw into the four-foot to score two and cut into Sweden’s lead.
A perfect hit and roll with Sinclair’s second skip stone of the seventh end stole shot rock away from Sweden. Hasselborg’s takeout attempt would be heavy and wide resulting in a steal for the U.S. as the scoreboard was levelled. The U.S. applied pressure in the eighth end and the teams matched shot for shot with Sweden being forced to make a takeout to score a point.
The U.S. had a good chance to score multiple points in the ninth end after a key miss from Sweden later in the end. However, the U.S. would roll out after a takeout with Anderson’s second stone to allow Sweden control. Sinclair got the U.S. back in business with a well-execute runback to place two stones in the house again and the Americans had the lead for the first time.
Two fantastic draws from Swedish vice skip Sarah McManus in the 10th end couple with a missed runback attempt with Sinclair’s first stone thwarted USA’s chance to hold Sweden to a single point.
The U.S. has just one game on the schedule tomorrow as they’ll face China’s Jia Mei rink, which lost both of its games today.
USA 010 102 102 0 – 7
*Sweden 201 020 010 3 – 9
*last rock in first end
Other Draw 14 scores: Russia 7, Germany 4; Japan 10, Finland 4; Switzerland 9, China 8 (extra end)
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.
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Team USA schedule (all times local, Central European Time (CET)):
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:
Sweden 9, USA 7
USA 9, Latvia 6
USA 13, Canada 6
Germany 10, USA 5
Russia 8, USA 7
USA 6, Finland 3
Korea 9, USA 5
USA 8, Denmark 6
Japan 9, USA 5
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