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China dominates as Canada stumbles

CHINA'S Wang Bingyu recorded two victories and led the World Women's Curling Championship in Gangneung, South Korea, with a win-loss record of 8-1 yesterday.

Wang crushed Germany's Andrea Schoepp 8-2 and also recorded a close 4-3 win against Scotland's 18-year-old skip Eve Muirhead.

Denmark was in second place at 7-1 after Angelina Jensen stole the 10th end to beat defending champion Canada's skip Jenniffer Jones 7-5.

Canada dropped to third place at 7-2.

Switzerland's Mirjam Ott overwhelmed the 2003 world champions from the United States with a 8-2 victory in seven ends and improved to fourth place (5-3), equal with Sweden.

The Americans dropped to 4-5.

"We are still struggling but I think every team is struggling here, a bit," said Ott, who has won silver medals at the last two Olympics.

The result put a likely end to United States' Debbie McCormick's run to the playoffs, which saw her foursome overcome an 0-4 start to post four consecutive wins. With four draws to go in the round robin, five losses is likely to be too many to advance.

"We were just a little off," US third Allison Pottinger said.

"We had a draw to the back eight-foot that was makable, and after that I think the pressure of needing to win really got to us."

In the other afternoon game yesterday, Russia's Margarita Fomina beat Norway's Marianne Roervik 7-2. The Russians improved to 4-5 while Norway sits last at 0-8.

Russia's rotating squad of five players had earlier in the morning defeated Italy 7-6 on an extra-end.

The Russians, who have fielded no less than three different skips throughout the championships, stole the victory from Italy's Diana Gaspari (1-7).

Canada also survived a scare before the defending champion edged out South Korea 7-6.

Kim Mi-yeon of South Korea, which qualified for the championship as host nation, had a commanding lead of 5-2 over Jones when she took two points in the third end and stole the fourth and fifth frames.

Jones recovered well, taking one in the sixth and stealing the seventh and eighth ends. South Korea took a single in the ninth before Jones made a cross-house double on her first shot of the 10th to go one ahead of her host opponent. Jones faced a draw to the edge of the button for the win on her last stone, and she made it with ease.


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