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March 22, 2019
USA’s run at World Women’s Championship comes to a close
(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – Jamie Sinclair and Team USA were improving with every game and narrowing in on a playoff berth when an injury put a halt to their plans at the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.
Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) was forced out of the lineup this afternoon against Switzerland due to an injury she sustained when she fell at the conclusion of the morning game against Scotland. The team tried to rally with Sarah Anderson taking over the skipping duties but could not hold off playoff-bound Switzerland in a close 5-4 loss this afternoon at Silkeborg Sportscenter.
The loss to Silvana Tirinzoni’s team eliminated the U.S. after a 6-6 round robin finish. Korea (8-3), Switzerland (8-3), China (7-5) and Japan (6-5) will join Sweden (10-1) and Russia (9-3) in Saturday’s playoffs. Sweden has a direct berth to the semifinals as they will finish first in the round robin.
With the injury to Sinclair, Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) played skip with Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) sliding in at vice skip along with Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.).
“Everybody is a little disappointed, but despite not really having a good start to the week they showed a lot of moxie, got better every day, and the last three or four games they were looking pretty good,” said Pete Fenson, women’s national coach for USA Curling. “This was the first worlds for Sarah and Taylor, and they played well. I try to put myself in Sarah’s shoes going in to skip today – she did fantastic. I’m really proud of all of them.”
The U.S. team’s final placement is seventh place despite tonight’s results by other teams in the final round robin session.
“We were really getting in a groove there and feeling good. It’s really unfortunate that Jamie ended up getting injured. But going into this last game, everyone was focused on trying to pick up some slack and help me with line, help Vicky get used to the ice, and try to really pull it together to win that game,” Sarah Anderson said.
After the opening end was blanked, Switzerland was able to set up a deuce in the second end and sealed it with a takeout by Alina Patz, last-stone thrower for the Swiss. The U.S. was forced to draw the four-foot for a single in the following end while facing three Swiss counters. A fantastic double takeout from Sarah Anderson forced Switzerland to draw for a single point in the fourth end.
The U.S. would be forced into a single point again in the fifth end as Sarah Anderson made a nose hit to score. The U.S. had the Swiss chasing in the seventh end until a heavy guard with Sarah Anderson’s final stone of the end bailed Switzerland out as they converted a triple takeout to score one. The U.S. team had a hair too much roll with their shooter after the final takeout of the eighth end to give the Swiss a single steal and three-point lead.
The U.S. tried in earnest to score multiple points in the ninth end but were held to a single. Switzerland would make a takeout to secure the win in the 10th.
*Switzerland 020 100 110 0 – 5
USA 001 010 001 1 – 4
*last rock in first end
Other Draw 19 scores: Finland 10, Germany 4; Russia 9, Latvia 4; Japan 6, China 4
Russia 9-3 Q
Korea 8-3 Q
Switzerland 8-3 Q
China 7-5 Q
Japan 6-5 Q
7. USA 6-6
8. Canada 5-6
9. Germany 4-7
9. Scotland 4-7
11. Denmark 3-8
12. Finland 3-9
13. Latvia 1-11
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.
USA round robin results:
Switzerland 5, USA 4
USA 9, Scotland 7
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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