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Posted: Feb 22, 1:21a ET | Updated: Feb 22, 8:03a ET

Canada's streak comes to an end

Defending world champions from China defeat Canadian women 6-5
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VANCOUVER (AP) -- The Chinese women curlers played a near-perfect match for five ends. Then, the reigning world champions showed their inexperience on the Olympic stage and let Canada right back in it.

Skip Wang Bingyu eventually came through the way her coach knows she can, capitalizing in extra 11th end for a 6-5 win Sunday night to hand Cheryl Bernardfavored Canadians (5-1) their first loss in round-robin play.

Bernard pulled out a clutch takeout in the 10th to tie the game and force an extra end, but her final stone of the game rubbed a rock outside of the rings and didn't come close to reaching its target. That sealed it for China.

While disappointed, Bernard never expected to make it through undefeated. Next up is a date Monday with defending gold medalist Sweden, which easily beat the United States 9-3 in nine ends.

"We had some misses early that cost us that we just can't have against these teams," Bernard said. "When you're scrambling on every shot, you've got to make it more precise."

Highlights of the game between China and Canada where China handed the host country's rink its first loss.

Wang was so hoarse after the win over Canada she said only: "Sorry, I almost lose my voice. I don't want to say something."

Her Canadian-bred coach Dan Rafael had plenty of words, as usual.
Wang's foursome led 4-1 after four ends. She nearly scored a deuce in the eighth but an official measurement held her to one.

"The first five ends I don't think anybody was going to beat us," Rafael said. "Then the sixth and seventh, we gave away five points on easy shots. ... Canada sort of had a few misses there in a row and we finally capitalized on the other team's misses."

Bernard had pulled out two extra-end victories and two others in the 10th when she had to nail her final throw.

In other games Sunday night's women's draw, the U.S. curlers lost their second shortened game of the day, falling 9-3 to defending gold medalist Sweden. Germany bounced back at night to beat Japan 7-6 after losing 6-5 to Denmark in the morning.


 

 

 

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