Kerri Einarson, Canada beat China to stay alive at World Women’s Curling Championship – fr

Kerri Einarson, Canada beat China to stay alive at World Women’s Curling Championship – fr

CALGARY – Canada’s Kerri Einarson beat China’s Yu Han 6-4 on Friday morning to improve her chances of qualifying for the weekend’s playoffs at the World Women’s Curling Championship.
Einarson, who started the day tied for seventh place, finished the round robin with a 7-6 record. The top six teams will make the playoffs and win places for their country at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The image of the playoffs at the 14-team event will become clearer later today. The afternoon and evening draws were on the program at the Markin MacPhail Center at WinSport.

The Canadian team put pressure on China early on and it paid off with a few interceptions. Yu rubbed a guard in the first end to give Canada a brace and Einarson stole a single in the fourth.

Canada stole another single in the eighth end and ran out of stones for China in the tenth to win it.

At the start of the morning session, Canada was one of seven teams with a chance to win one of the last three remaining places in the playoffs. Defending champion Silvana Tirininzoni of Switzerland, Russian Alina Kovaleva and reigning Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden have already secured their places.

TV and streaming coverage resumed Friday morning. Seven members of the event’s broadcast team tested positive for COVID-19, forcing a five-day coverage halt and one session postponed.

After repeated negative testing by other members of the broadcast team, Alberta Health approved a proposal from the World Curling Federation to resume coverage with minimal staff for the final three days of competition.

Staff who have tested positive remain in isolation and are being monitored by medical authorities. Athletes and team officials stay in a different hotel from the broadcast staff.

Canada are looking to return to the podium for the first time since Jennifer Jones won the 2018 gold medal in North Bay, Ont.

Chelsea Carey represented Canada in 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark, but did not make the playoffs. Last year’s championship was canceled due to the pandemic.

Brendan Bottcher represented Canada at the World Men’s Curling Championship last month in the curling bubble. He reached the six-team playoffs but lost the qualifying game.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 7, 2021.


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