CALGARY – After a long wait, Kerri Einarson was finally able to make her first appearance at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship on Friday.
Einarson gave up a theft at the 10th end when her last throw was difficult when the Swede Anna Hasselborg got away with a 6-5 victory in the Markin MacPhail Center of WinSport in the afternoon.
« We definitely can’t go down because I thought we played really well, » said Einarson. « We had an opportunity to win and it just slipped over. »
Einarson won the Canadian Championship last year, but the 2020 playdowns were canceled on the eve of the competition due to the pandemic.
You, Manitoba-based Team of Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur successfully defended the Scotties Tournament of Hearts title in the curling bubble last February to secure a world berth for a second year in a row.
« It felt great to step on the ice and finally get the chance to play on the world stage, » said Einarson.
The Swedes fought early in the round robin opener, but Hasselborg reduced the deficit to one with a slight tip for a couple at the sixth end. The teams swapped singles before Hasselborg stole a point in the ninth to turn it into a 5-5 game.
At the tenth end, Hasselborg made a nice draw against the four-foot-long ring under cover to keep the pressure on practicing the Canadian jump.
Einarson from Camp Morton, Man., competed against Anna Kubeskova from the Czech Republic that evening.
Einarson followed her Scotties crown with a Canadian mixed doubles title with Brad Gushue. Her team of four players beat Rachel Homan last weekend and won the Princess Auto Players’ Championship.
The Women’s World Championship is the seventh and final event to take place in Canada’s Olympic Park in the Bubble.
The kick-off about the competition was marked by the message that two German players tested positive for COVID-19 on their arrival in Calgary in the screening before the competition.
The 14-team event was given the go-ahead by public health officials on Wednesday.
All other players and team members have had negative tests on a regular basis over the past week. Germany was released for the three-player team late on Thursday.
The understaffed line-up of Daniela Jentsch, Vice Mia Hoehne and Analena Jentsch dropped an 8: 4 decision against Russian Alina Kovaleva in the morning draw.
The two athletes who tested positive remained isolated. The German second Klara-Hermine Fomm and the deputy Emira Abbes were not available on Friday.
« Of course they cheer us, but it is difficult not to be with us now, » said Daniela Jentsch. « I think they were hoping to be on the ice with us, but they support us from the hotel room. But yes, they are fine, they are fine. »
Usually a team has to use four players, but the WCF granted the ice rink an exception in the 11th hour. The association was of the opinion that the situation was classified as a « mitigating circumstance » according to the competition rules.
« Of course we are relieved that we can actually play, » said Jentsch. « Last week was a new experience, to be honest, we didn’t prepare for it. But I think we did it very well with the help of (others), so it’s fine. »
Der Competition from April 30th to May 9th is the main qualification for the 2022 Games in Beijing. The top six teams will qualify for the playoffs and secure Olympic berths for their respective countries.
There was a COVID-19 scare in the bubble during the Men’s World Cup earlier this month, but four positive results later all became classified as false positive.
The German athletes who can play Friday must undergo a rapid test and have a PCR test carried out every morning, said the WCF. Their teammates, who remain in isolation, will continue to be « medically administered » by the competition’s medics, the association said in a statement.
The organizers canceled the opening exercise on Wednesday. Training took place on Thursday, but the Germans had to wait until late in the evening before going on the ice for the first time.
In other games in the morning, the defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni from Switzerland prevailed against the South Korean EunJung Kim with 10: 2 and the Czechs defeated the Italian Stefania Constantini with 7: 5. The Scot Eve Muirhead scored a 10: 6 -Win against Tabitha Peterson from the USA.
Switzerland only needed six ends to complete a 9-2 defeat against Italy in the afternoon. The Chinese Yu Han prevailed with 10: 3 against the Estonian Marie Turmann and the Japanese Sayaka Yoshimura with 9: 4 against the Dane Madeleine Dupont.
Four-person teams bring an additional player who comes fifth or alternatively Player is designated for important championships in order to be included in the line-up in the event of illness or injury. Three-player teams can be at a disadvantage when sweeping.
« At the moment we are assuming that we will only develop further, » said German coach Uli Kapp. “That’s good.” Jentsch shot 64 percent over the eight ends, the lowest percentage of the seven players in the game. Kovaleva finished with 88 percent.
Canada wants to be on the podium at this event as Jennifer Jones won gold in 2018 in North Bay, Ont.
Chelsea Carey skipped the Canadian entry in Silkeborg, Denmark in 2019 but failed to make the playoffs.
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