Canadian women’s curling loses to Japan at championship

Sandviken, Sweden –

Canada’s Kelly Einarson lost to Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa by 6-5 decision at the Women’s World Curling Championships on Thursday.

The Manitoba-based team of Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Burchard and Brianne Harris gave up two steals in the eighth end, but responded with a deuce in the ninth end to tie the game.

Japan scored the game-winning single in the 10th end when Einarson scraped his guard on a tap attempt.

Einarson said of the missed shot, “We didn’t have a problem with the weight, so we mismanaged it.”

“It’s just unfortunate that this happened.”

Canada tied for third place with Italy’s Stefania Constantini 6-4. Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg was her second (6-3) behind Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni (9-0).

Canada will face Turkey’s Dilsat Yildiz on Friday before closing out in a round-robin match against Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont.

The top six rinks in the 13-team field will advance to the playoffs starting Saturday.The medal game is scheduled for Sunday at the Gorançon Arena.

Canada started Thursday’s game by forcing Japan to single in the opening end before scoring a deuce in the second end.

After Japan took the second end, Canada took a point on a missed runback from Japan on the break of the fifth end to take a 3–1 lead.

Japan tied the score with a deuce in the 6th inning and won the come-from-behind victory in the second half.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on March 23, 2023.

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