Canada clings to last playoff spot at world curling championships despite loss to Japan
Kerri Einarson’s five-game winning streak ended Thursday afternoon as Canada lost a 7-5 decision to Sayaka Yoshimura of Japan at the World Women’s Curling Championship.
Einarson, who picked up a crazy 10-8 victory over Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont in the morning’s draw, fell to 6-6 as she clung to sixth and final place in the playoffs.
Denmark (5-5) was alone in seventh place, but could still get ahead of Canada since they have two games in hand. Germany’s Daniela Jentsch and South Korea’s EunJung Kim were next at 5-6 and China’s Yu Han 4-6.
Depending on the result, the Manitoba team of Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur may have to look at the scoreboard later Friday to see if they play this weekend.
Japan made a good corner comeback to score two points in the eighth end for a 6-3 lead. Canada got a twos in the ninth, but Japan used a hammer to come home to hit for the win.
“When they do everything, it’s pretty tough,” Einarson said. “They played really well and put us in some tough times. I missed a few of mine, which is unfortunate.”
In the morning game, Canada stole a single in the ninth and played a solid 10th end to force Dupont to concede before throwing his last stone.
Top 6 playoffs, Olympics
The top six teams from the 14-team peloton will also win Olympic places for their respective countries at the Beijing 2022 Games. A last-ditch Olympic qualifier will take place in December.
Dupont opened with a three-run first end after Einarson went wide with a comeback. Canada responded with a five-run end before Denmark regained the lead with another three in the third.
“The opposition are shooting great shots in front of us and getting us big,” said Canadian coach Heather Nedohin.
Increasing Einarson’s climax reel angle for a pair in the eighth end gave Canada a lead they wouldn’t give up.
“It was my one shot and sometimes when it’s your only shot you’ll get it right,” Einarson said.
There are four round robin sessions left. There will be one Thursday evening draw and three Friday draws.
TV coverage resumes Friday
The World Curling Federation has announced that TV and streaming coverage will resume on Friday afternoon. He was arrested last weekend after seven members of the event’s broadcast staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The broadcast team stays in a different hotel than the teams.
After other staff members provided another set of negative COVID-19 PCR test results on Thursday, an amended release production plan proposal was approved by Alberta Health, WCF said.
The qualifying and semi-final matches will be played on Saturday at the Markin MacPhail Center in WinSport. The medal matches will take place on Sunday.
Canada are looking to return to the podium for the first time since Jennifer Jones won gold at the 2018 playoffs in North Bay, Ont.