China Sports: Hosts China Drops Third Straight Game in 2017 World Women's Curling Championship
Host team China has dropped three consecutive games to open their campaign in the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship held at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. The tournament began on March 18 and will be concluded on March 26.
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Head coach Tan Weidong's group suffered their third straight loss following an 8-7 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic on Sunday, Xinhuanet reported. With the win, the Czech Republic joined defending champions Switzerland and Sochi Olympic winners Canada as the only undefeated teams left in the 12-team tournament.
"It's still the beginning of the competition, we need to win more games to be in the top," said Czech Republic team captain Anna Kubeskova after the match. "We're really getting to the game better, it's still a nervous start but everyone is getting used to the ice." Kubeskova has Alzbeta Baudysova, Tereza Pliskova, Klara Svatonova, and alternate player Ezhen Kolchevskaia as teammates.
The Chinese squad was led by skipper Wang Bingyu with teammates Wang Rui, Liu Jinli, Zhou Yan, and alternate player Yang Ying. The team was behind 5-7 after the ninth end but scored 2-0 in the 10th to force an extra end. Kubeskova scored the winning point in the 11th. With the loss, China has joined Denmark as the only remaining teams without a victory yet after five days of competitions.
"It was a tough game, as our opponents performed very well. I thought we played much better as the game went on," said Liu.
Meanwhile, Olympic champions Canada won its third straight game after nipping Russia, 10-9, also in extended time, as per the National Post. Team captain Rachel Homan led head coach Adam Kingsbury's girls over the hard-fighting Russians as they needed one more end to conclude the match.
Homan admitted after the match that her team has been having difficulties adjusting to the "jet lag" and the ice in the Chinese stadium. She also said that they expect to get "better and better" as each day of the tournament passes.