Canada suffers key loss

The Canadian Press

SILKEBORG, Denmark–Chelsea Carey’s Canadian rink dropped to 4-5 after a 9-3 loss to Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni this morning at the world women’s curling championships.
Switzerland put it away by scoring four in the eighth, breaking open a close game.
The loss dropped Canada into a three-way tie for seventh with Scotland and the United States at the 13-team event.
The top six teams after the round-robin make the playoffs.
Reigning Olympic champ Anna Hasselborg of Sweden led the way at 8-1 after the morning draw.
Japan’s Seina Nakajima held sixth place at 5-4.
Canada was scheduled to face Russia’s Alina Kovaleva (7-2) later today.
Carey was coming off a much-needed 8-7 win over China’s Jie Mei yesterday as the Calgary-based crew aims to avoid becoming the first Canadian rink to miss the playoffs at the women’s worlds since 1999.
“It’s a bit of a relief. That was a must-win game for us,” said vice-skip Sarah Wilkes.
“We know we have our backs against the wall now, and every game we have to come out like it’s our last game and play as hard as we can,” she noted.
“So this is a confidence-booster; that’s how we’re used to playing.”
It was a crucial win after Canada had lost both its games Tuesday to drop to 3-4 at the time.
“We needed a bounce-back,” Carey noted. “It was a tough day yesterday [Tuesday] because we didn’t feel like we deserved two losses, and that’s a bit hard to park and move on.
“So it was big for us to come out like this today [Wednesday].
“The ice was tricky but we were very calm about it,” she added. “We were in a good place and did a good job of being patient, and pulled one off.”
Carey scored three on a draw in the ninth to erase a two-point deficit, then held on for the win against a Chinese team that had entered the draw in a tie for first.
“I actually think we played the same as we did all day yesterday [Tuesday],” she noted. “We just got a couple breaks and we were able to take advantage of them [Wednesday].
“I had to make a really scary open hit in the fourth end, where if I roll out, they get four or five,” she noted.
“But other than that, it was a good battle–lots of good shots from both teams.”
Canada took advantage of a Wang miss in the ninth to score three and never gave China a legitimate shot at a game-tying two in the 10th.

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