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Chinese women curlers finish "bad week" at world championship

03-23-2012 17:15 BJT

LETHBRIDGE, Canada, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese team closed out a difficult week at the World Women's Curling Championship Thursday with a split on the final day of round-robin play, beating the Czech Republic 11-6 in morning play before losing to Germany 6-5 in the evening.

With a record of 3-8, China finished the 12-nation tournament tied for 10th with Italy.

"It's a bad week," lamented China skip Wang Bingyu in the southern Alberta city. "We are not really ready to go. This is a new team that doesn't have much experience for this world championship. We were a little bit nervous. When you lose so much, things happen."

China came out storming against the Czechs, taking three points in both the opening and third ends to roar to a 6-1 lead. They then scored two points in the fifth and ninth ends for the easy win against the team that finished last in the tournament.

"The Czech Republic started to make mistakes. The first end we were without the hammer and they open hit for one and rolled out and we got three. So that happens," Wang said

In the evening session, Germany was ahead 2-0 through three ends until China scored three points over the next two ends to go up 3-2 through five ends. With China holding on to a 5-4 lead through nine, Germany, the 2010 world champion, hit for two in the final end to steal the victory.

"They had a nice shot for the last rock and we lost," said Wang, adding her rink had learned a lot from the week.

"I hope we don't just think about losing games. A lot of times we were unlucky. We have to learn from that, that we have some problems ourselves, maybe the release, maybe the strategy, maybe the teamwork, there's so many things where we have to be better."

Other games Thursday saw Canada drop matches to minnows Italy 6-5 and to Scotland 9-3, as the hosts finished the round robin 7-4. The pre-tournament favorite must now play the USA (7-4) who won both of their final games, 6-5 over Sweden and 8-5 over Denmark, on Friday to determine the fourth and final playoff spot.

Defending champion Sweden, Switzerland and South Korea all finished the tournament 8-3 and now advance to the playoffs.

Wang told Xinhua she would be cheering for arch-rival Korea to win it all this weekend.

"I think they have a lot of fire from this week. I'm not so surprised from their play that they're going to the playoff. We know they are so strong and strong enough. It's great. It means that Asian curling has grown up so quickly."

The Harbin native said there was now just the national championship to play before the season finished in May.

"This is a great team, but it just needs a chance to grow. I think we need to work on teamwork and get to know each other more. They have to know what they're doing on the ice, really know, and I think next year will be better."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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