A 3rd successive loss left Canada’s Kerri Einarson on the verge of defeat after the opening weekend of round-robin play on the LGT World Ladies’s Curling Championship.
Whereas the completion remains to be on the early levels, a podium look is now unlikely after the group’s most up-to-date loss, a 7-6 resolution to the U.s in a recreation the place Einarson threw an terrible 54%.
“I’m just a little disenchanted in myself,” Einarson stated. “I wasn’t very sharp on the market. I had some alternatives that I missed. My ladies performed nicely and I simply missed a couple of key pictures.”
Usually a powerful opponent at main curling occasions, Canada struggled to a 1-4 report on the Markin MacPhail Centre. Einarson, who was off for the night draw, was in a three-way tie for eleventh place within the 14-team area, in entrance of simply curling minnow Estonia.
A serious turnaround can be wanted simply to make the top-six lower for the playoffs. The identical cutline can be used to find out nation berths for subsequent yr’s Beijing Olympics.
Einarson stated she is attempting to stay constructive and be taught as she goes, however her confidence appeared sapped on a post-game video convention with reporters. The emotional impact was evident, her voice cracking at instances.
“It’s mentally draining,” she stated. “It’s a protracted week.”
“I’d say we’ve bought eight extra to go and we’re going to construct on it,” ever-optimistic coach Heather Nedohin shortly added.
Canada has little respiratory room because it seems forward and troublesome matchups are nonetheless to come back.
In the meantime, Olympic silver medallist EunJung Kim of South Korea is on faucet Monday and former world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland is up on Tuesday.
Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Meilleur are already approaching the must-win area.
“That is our first time being on the world stage and being put on this place,” Einarson stated. “I do know that we’re a fantastic group and we combat to the bitter finish.
“We’ll proceed doing that (whereas) sporting this Maple Leaf with delight.”
The U.S group had their struggles in between the competitors however assumed management late within the recreation. Einarson flashed a stone within the fourth finish and wrecked on a guard within the fifth to overlook out on a number of factors.
American skip Tabitha Peterson made a good decide to attain a deuce within the eighth finish for a 7-3 lead. Einarson rebounded with a pair within the ninth however the U.S accomplished the win a takeout of the second shot within the tenth finish.
“The ladies are giving all the things they’ve bought,” Nedohin stated. “Generally it simply doesn’t prove on the scoreboard to the way in which they’re taking part in with ardour.”
Sweeting virtually saved ends a couple of instances and the Canadian entrance finish was regular too. Like Einarson, Peterson did battle too, capturing solely 55% herself, although Einarson made simply half of her attracts and by no means had a constant rhythm.
Up subsequent is a morning recreation versus a shorthanded German facet led by Daniela Jentsch. The South Korea matchup is scheduled for the afternoon.
“They’re going to win the following one after which they’re going to maintain climbing,” Nedohin stated. “I need to know that they consider they’ll, and they’re going to.”
The morning draw was postponed Sunday and the video games later resumed with out TV protection after members of the occasion’s broadcast workers examined constructive for COVID-19.
No broadcast till Tuesday on the earliest
In an e-mail to The Canadian Press, World Curling Federation media head Christopher Hamilton confirmed there have been 4 constructive circumstances. No further particulars or names got.
The individuals had been remoted of their lodge whereas further testing and contract tracing takes place, the WCF stated in its assertion. The people are staying in a special lodge than athletes and competitors officers.
The WCF stated that every one deliberate testing for athletes and competitors officers examined destructive. The sector was given a deep clear and begin instances for the afternoon and night attracts had been pushed again for half an hour.
In different afternoon video games, Russia’s Alina Kovaleva prolonged her unbeaten streak to 5-0 with an 8-6 victory over Estonia’s Marie Turmann. South Korea beat Scotland 8-4 and Italy’s Stefania Constantini defeated Germany 10-6.
Defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland and reigning Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden remained unbeaten at 3-0. Scotland was alone in 4th place at 3-1 whereas the U.S improved to 3-2.
TV broadcasts will proceed no sooner than Tuesday afternoon. The competitors is a part of TSN’s Season of Champions protection and is broadcast internationally by World Curling TV.
“Thanks for the great needs,” TSN broadcaster Vic Rauter stated on Twitter. “We’re quarantined, examined, cared for, hope to be again Tuesday, care for yourselves and one another.”
Earlier within the week, organizers canceled the opening apply classes after two members of the German facet examined constructive for COVID-19 in pre-tournament screening upon arrival in Calgary.
Apply classes had been in the end held Thursday on the eve of round-robin play. The German facet was given an exemption to ending as a three-player group whereas gamers who examined constructive stayed in isolation.
This yr’s ladies’s championship, which was relocated from Switzerland because of the pandemic, is the seventh and last curling occasion to be held within the spectator-free managed surroundings.
The Canadian ladies’s, males’s and combined doubles competitions had been adopted by the lads’s world competitors plus a pair of Grand Slam occasions.
The boys’s world championship playoffs had been interrupted by 4 gamers returning constructive COVID-19 outcomes. The championship was accomplished April 11, although, with the WCF stating the circumstances had been “false positives.”
These affected examined destructive in subsequent screenings.
Groups are closed to the world and the match lodge throughout the Trans-Canada Freeway. They drive themselves forwards and backwards and masks are obligatory as soon as athletes go away the sphere of play.
Organizers have but to find out when the postponed draw will happen. Playoff video games are set to kick off Friday evening and the medal video games are deliberate for Might 9.
Jennifer Jones was the final Canadian skip to say the highest prize of this occasion, taking gold in 2018 at North Bay, Ontario. Chelsea Carey skipped the Canadian entry the next yr at Silkeborg, Denmark, however didn’t qualify for the playoffs.