Canada falls to 6-4 at World Women's Curling Championship

A 6-5 loss to Team Japan on Thursday afternoon in Sandviken, Sweden, dropped Team Canada (Photo: WCF/Jeffery Au) to a 6-4 record at the 2023 World Women's Curling Championship.

By: Dylan Chenier

Kerri Einarson and Team Canada suffered their fourth defeat of the 2023 World Women's Curling Championship in Sandviken, Sweden on Thursday, with the rink dropping a close 6-5 contest to Satsuki Fujisawa's Team Japan in Draw 16.

Einarson's rink entered today's game following a pair of mixed results on Wednesday, which saw Canada fall to Team Germany before rebounding to defeat South Korea in the evening draw.

After forcing Japan to one in the first end, Eianrson would put up two points in the second. After two straight blanked ends, Canada further extended its lead in the fifth with a steal of one.

Coming back in six, Fujisawa was able to tie things up with a score of two. After a blank in seven, the momentum began to shift in the eighth, with Canada giving up a steal of two. Facing three Japanese stones, Einarson needed to make an angle raise to score a single on her last throw. Unfortunately, her rock didn't get the curl it needed, with Japan stealing two points.

Down 5-3, Canada was able to even up the score once again, with Einarson making a shot for two. However, with the game tied at 5-5, Japan would re-take the hammer heading into the tenth and final end of play.

Fujisawa would score her necessary one point in the tenth, securing Japan a 6-5 victory, marking the rink's third straight win over Team Einarson.

With today's loss, Canada's record now falls to 6-4, as Einarson's team remains in playoff contention, largely in part due to the fact that so many teams have similar records. Canada will look to bounce back on the final day of the round-robin, as the rink faces Team Turkey in Draw 18, before taking on Denmark in the afternoon draw on Friday.

Despite being on the wrong side of the win column against a determined Japanese squad, Team Canada's statistical performance showed the team is trending in the right direction. After some disappointing performances from third Val Sweeting, the player delivered one of her strongest showings of the week, curling 88 per cent.

Canada's next game against Dilsat Yildiz and Team Turkey is set for Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. CET (4:00 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on TSN 1.

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