Canada falls 7-5 to Denmark at world womens curling championship

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Canada has reached the playoffs at the world women's curling championship - but Jennifer Jones is far from satisfied.
Denmark's Angelina Jensen scored two in the ninth end and stole another two in the 10th to earn a come-from-behind 7-5 win over Jennifer Jones in Draw 13 action Wednesday.
The win moves Jensen into sole possession of second place at 7-1 entering a Draw 14 showdown with the host Koreans later Wednesday. China's Bingyu Wang leads the standings at 8-1, while Jones slipped to third at 7-2 with her second loss in the past three games. Sweden's Anette Norberg and Switzerland's Mirjam Ott are next at 5-3, followed by Eve Muirhead of Scotland at 4-4.
Wang can finish no worse than third in the round-robin following a Draw 13 win over Germany. Jensen's victory over Canada earned her a playoff spot, and Jones is also in the mix despite squandering a two-point lead against Denmark.
Trailing 5-3 in the ninth end, Danish fourth Madeleine Dupont drew to the back of the four-foot for two points to tie the game. Then, with Canada lying shot stone in the 10th, Danish third Denise Dupont made a perfect hit to leave Denmark lying one.
Jones came up slightly short on a draw with her first shot of the end, and was left with a tricky angle raise for the win. She hit the stone too thin, and the rock went spinning out of the house to give Denmark the win.
Jones said afterward that she misjudged the ice on her first shot.
"If we bury it, (Madeleine) doesn't have a shot," said Jones. "The ice straightened up a little bit, and we just took too much ice."
Jones was frustrated with the end result.
"We'll have to shake it off, but that was pretty disappointing," said Jones. "To control the whole game and all of a sudden you lose..."
"We have to play better. We're making some big shots, we're just not as consistent as we'd like to be."
Madeleine Dupont said she was surprised the 10th end went so well for her team.
"I don't know how it turned out (so well)," said Dupont. "It looked so bad at one point, I thought we were just gonna shake hands."
Wang secured her playoff berth with an 8-2 victory over Andrea Schopp (3-5). The defending runner-up scored two with the hammer in the fourth end, and made a tricky tap-back to score three in the sixth, putting the game away.
Ott helped her playoff chances with an 8-2 drubbing of Deb McCormick, dropping the U.S. skip to 4-5. Ott, the European champion, secured the victory by scoring eight consecutive points - including steals in four straight ends.
The loss ended McCormick's four-game winning streak, while also putting her playoff hopes in peril.
The other Draw 13 game saw Russia's Margarita Fomina (4-5) cruise to a 7-2 victory over Marianne Rorvik of Norway (0-8).
Earlier in the day, Jones made a deft double-takeout and drew to the button on consecutive shots in the 10th end to eke out a 7-6 win over South Korea's Mi-Yeon Kim in Draw 12.
Trailing 6-5, Jones played a perfect double-takeout on two Korean stones in the four-foot to lie one. Kim elected to guard the front of the button with her final shot, leaving Jones a tricky draw. She caught just enough of the button to score two, pumping her fist in jubilation.
Canadian third Cathy Overton-Clapham said she had no doubt Jones would make both shots.
"I knew she'd make the draw," said Overton-Clapham. "And the first one ... she would have been quite mad at herself if she didn't make the first one, just because there was an opportunity there.
"No one throws the last one better than her."
Kim, who was once coached by Canadian Elaine Dagg-Jackson, felt mixed emotions after the game.
"Happy, but a little (frustrated)," said Kim. "(We've had) five games tied in the 10th end, and we lose ... but we had a good game. We enjoyed it."
In other Draw 12 action, Fomina earned a 7-6 win over Italy's Diana Gaspari (1-7), Wang eked out a 4-3 victory over Muirhead and McCormick doubled Norberg 10-5.

Organizations: Jensen's

Geographic location: Denmark, Canada, South Korea China Sweden Switzerland Scotland Germany U.S. Russia Norway Italy

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