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Einarson improves Canada’s playoff chances with 5th straight win in curling world

Einarson improves Canada’s playoff chances with 5th straight win in curling world

A wild 10-8 victory over Denmark on Thursday extended Canada’s winning streak to five games and improved Kerri Einarson’s chances of reaching the playoffs at the World Women’s Curling Championship.

Her Manitoba team stole a single in the ninth end and forced Danish captain Madeleine Dupont to concede before throwing her last stone in the 10th.

“It was both ways this game,” Einarson said. “It was a battle.”

Canada moved up to sixth in the 14-team standings with the morning’s victory.

Einarson, Vice-Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and first Briane Meilleur took a 6-5 record in their afternoon game against Sayaka Yoshimura of Japan at the Markin MacPhail Center in WinSport.

The top six teams will advance to the weekend’s qualifiers and also earn Olympic places for their respective countries at the Beijing 2022 Games.

Denmark and Germany Daniela Jentsch (both 5-5) were just below the cut line, tied for seventh place with an ongoing game against Canada.

Dupont opened with a three-run first end after Einarson went wide with a comeback. But Canada responded with a five-point volley 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.

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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.

In other early matches, Japan abandoned Italy’s Stefania Constantini 8-2, South Korea’s EunJung Kim beat China’s Yu Han 7-1, and Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni took first place with a victory of 8. -6 on the Russian Alina Kovaleva.

The defending champion Swiss team improved to 9-1 while Russia fell to 9-2. Both teams secured playoff spots.

Reigning Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden was third at 7-2, ahead of Tabitha Peterson of the United States (7-4) and Scotland’s Eve Muirhead (6-4).

A draw was also scheduled for Thursday. Canada concludes the round robin game on Friday morning against China.

TV and streaming coverage was ruled out at least until Friday afternoon after seven broadcast staff from the event tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The broadcast team stays in a different hotel than the teams.

The World Curling Federation is hopeful that an amended broadcast production plan proposal will be approved by Alberta Health. A decision was expected later Thursday.

The medal matches will take place on Sunday at the Markin MacPhail Center in WinSport. 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.

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