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March 21, 2019
USA keeps playoff hopes alive with win over China at World Championship
(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – With the final day of the round robin right around the corner, Jamie Sinclair and Team USA are in the playoff hunt of the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship after a win today over China.
Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) are consistently putting together better ends and building confidence, which showed today in a 10-7 victory over China’s Jie Mei rink.
“I think we feel the pressure and are grooving now,” said Sarah Anderson, 24, who also has competed at two World Mixed Doubles Championships, two World Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games. “It took us a few games to figure it out but now we are on an uphill incline now and bonding more as a team. Each game we are getting better.”
The U.S. team will finish out the round robin tomorrow against Scotland (4-5) and Switzerland (6-3).
“We’ve still got two really great teams, so it’s going to be battles. I think patience will be key,” Sinclair said about tomorrow’s games.
It was the third straight loss for China, which had been on the top of the standings for most of the round robin.
“That game was definitely up and down with a lot of big ends, but I’m really happy with the overall performance of the team and I’m really happy that we got the win,” Sinclair said. “We’re being calm out there, taking it one shot at a time. We’re learning the ice and we’re feeling more confident, so the shots are coming. We need to just keep that rolling.”
Sweden (8-1) clinched the first playoff spot earlier today with a last-stone win over Scotland. Korea (7-2) and Russia (7-3) are on the verge of securing spots as well. Switzerland (6-3) and China (6-4) round out the top five with four round robin sessions to be played at Silkeborg Sportscenter. Canada (5-5), the U.S. (5-5), Scotland (4-5) and Germany (4-5) are all playing for their playoff lives.
The U.S. team had a deuce opportunity develop late in the opening end when Sinclair drew down to a Chinese rock behind a corner guard. China’s freeze attempt fell into third place, giving Sinclair a fairly routine draw to secure two points and get on the scoreboard first. Team USA played a solid second end and when Sinclair buried her final rock on the button behind a center guard, China’s last rock thrower Rui Wang missed a double takeout as the U.S. team stole two points.
Misplaced stones in the third end coupled with a light draw with the final rock allowed China to get right back in the game when they completed a cross-house runback double takeout to score four points (nearly five). The U.S. settled down and patiently waited for a deuce opportunity. After the fourth was blanked, the U.S. took advantage of a heavy draw from China that sunk to the back of the house for Sinclair to pop out to score two. With the momentum back in their brooms, the U.S. played a nice sixth end and placed Sinclair’s final stone into the top corner of the four-foot to pressure Wang into a difficult in-off draw using their own stone. A little too much weight was deployed on the final toss that gave the U.S. a steal of two and a four-point lead once again.
The U.S. played another strong end in the seventh and when Sinclair doubled out two Chinese stones with her last rock of the end, Wang was left to draw against three U.S. counters to earn a single point. The American ladies were forced to make a nose hit for a single point in the eighth end as they extended the lead back to four points. China would set itself up to score multiple points in the ninth end and sealed it with an open takeout to score two. The U.S. ladies took care of business in the 10th end to sew up the team’s fifth win – and more importantly, stay alive in the playoff hunt.
“Team China is such a good team and they’ve had a strong week so we were happy to get that early lead. Unfortunately, we gave it right back, but we just kept on focusing on each end and it was fun to be out there,” Sarah Anderson said.
China 004 000 102 0 – 7
*USA 220 022 010 1 – 10
*last rock in first end
Other Draw 16 scores: Canada 9, Russia 6; Germany 8, Denmark 6; Finland 10, Latvia 8
Draw 15 scores: Switzerland 9, Canada 3; Japan 9, Latvia 3; Korea 9, Denmark 5; Sweden 8, Scotland 7
Q=qualified to playoffs
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)):
Friday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Scotland (Sophie Jackson); 2 p.m., USA vs. Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni)
USA round robin results:
USA 10, China 7
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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