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Canada's Jones improves to 2-0 at world women's curling championship
GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Jennifer Jones sees plenty of room for improvement at the world women's curling championship - but she has no qualms with the results.
Jones took control early and was never seriously challenged on the way to a 10-3 drubbing of the United States' Debbie McCormick in Draw 4 action Sunday. The Winnipeg skip improved to 2-0 with the win, her second straight one-sided victory to open the tournament.
Jones, third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin looked stronger Sunday than in their 11-5 victory over China to open the tournament, but Jones says there are still things the team needs to work on.
"We'd still like to be sharper," said Jones. "It's only two games. It's a long week, and we know that other teams are going to get better as the week goes on."
They'll have to, to have any hope of unseating the world champions.
Jones opened the game with a deuce, and added an open hit for two more points in the fifth end to take a 5-2 lead into the break. After holding McCormick to a single point in the sixth, Jones played a hit and roll for three points in the seventh to put the game away.
Canada added a steal of two in the eight, and the teams shook hands.
Jones said she feels for McCormick (0-2), a former world champion who will represent the U.S. at next year's Winter Games in Vancouver.
"They've been here before," said Jones, who faces Russia in Draw 5. "They're too good not to bounce back."
McCormick admitted her team wasn't sharp, but attributed most of her struggles to unpredictable rocks.
"Some were straight, and then we had a couple curly ones," said McCormick. "I feel like we're throwing good, we're just getting fooled by the rocks a bit."
Sweden's Anette Norberg sat alone in first through four draws at 3-0, with Jones and Denmark's Angelina Jensen right behind at 2-0.
Norberg, a two-time world champion, remained unbeaten with an 8-5 win over Scotland's Eve Muirhead (2-1) in the marquee matchup of Draw 4.
After playing tightly through the opening three ends, Sweden broke the game open in the fourth. A costly gaffe by Muirhead, the world junior champion, left Norberg an open hit for four, and she made no mistake, opening up a 5-1 lead and cruising from there.
South Korea's Mi-Yeon Kim (1-2) provided the biggest thrill of the draw, beating Italy's Diana Gaspari 6-4 to earn her country's first-ever win at a world championship. Kim went 0-9 at her first appearance in 2002, and dropped her first two games as the host team before downing Gaspari (0-3).
Kim, third Mi-Sung Shin, second Seul-Bee Lee and lead Hyun-Jung Lee bowed to each side of the rink after the win, while the crowd of around 1,000 at the Gangneung International Ice Rink stood and cheered.
The other Draw 4 matchup saw China's Bingyu Wang run her record to 1-1 with a convincing 9-3 win over Russia (1-1). Wang, last year's runner-up, seized control with a four-point fifth end, and added steals in the seventh and eighth to complete the rout.
Alternate Margarita Fomina skipped for the Russian team, as regular skip Liudmila Privivkova was given time off to rest.
In draw 3 action earlier Sunday, Jensen earned a wild 9-8 win over Switzerland's Mirjam Ott (1-1), storming back from a 7-2 deficit with steals in three of the final six ends. Elsewhere, Germany's Andrea Schopp improved to 1-1 with a 5-3 win over Marianne Rorvik of Norway (0-2).
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