Canada’s Jennifer Jones locked up a playoff spot and extended her winning streak to nine games Thursday with an 8-7 victory over Russia’s Victoria Moiseeva at the world women’s curling championship.
Jones had hammer in the final end and drew the four-foot ring for the win. The stone was a little heavy out of her hand but slowed down just in time.
“That wasn’t my best game for sure but we made some big shots and managed to score more points than them and pull out a win,” Jones said.
The Winnipeg skip remained in first place at 9-0, just ahead of Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden.
Hasselborg also secured a playoff spot by holding off Japan’s Tori Koana 6-4 to improve to 9-1 in round-robin play. South Korea’s EunJung Kim (6-2) was idle while Russia fell into fourth place at 6-3.
Canada’s latest victory capped a tough three-game stretch that included wins over South Korea and Sweden.
“To be honest it seems like every team is playing really well against us,” Jones said. “You don’t really look at who you play, we just want to play as well as we can heading into the playoffs.”
After Canada opened with a single, Moiseeva had a chance for a deuce in the second end but settled for one when her split attempt was thick.
Canada moved ahead with a pair in the third end but Moiseeva came back with a single in the fourth and stole a point in the fifth when Jones ticked a guard.
The teams exchanged three-point ends after the mid-game break. Jones drew the button in the sixth but was heavy with a freeze attempt in the seventh to let Russia draw for three.
Canada used a hit to score one in the eighth, missing out on a second point after a measure. Russia used hammer to pull even in the ninth.
The top two seeds will qualify for the semifinals while the remaining playoff teams will meet in qualification games Saturday morning.
The medal games are set for Sunday.
Ottawa’s Rachel Homan won gold at last year’s world championship in Beijing.
In the other early games, Denmark’s Angelina Jensen scored two in the 10th end for an 8-7 victory over Scotland’s Hannah Fleming and the Czech Republic’s Anna Kubeskova topped Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher 9-6.
Two more draws were scheduled for later Thursday. Jones was scheduled to play Italy’s Diana Gaspari in the evening.
Round-robin play continues through Friday night. The top six teams in the 13-team field will make the playoffs.
The Czechs moved into fifth place at 5-4, followed by American Jamie Sinclair (4-4) and Japan (4-5). Denmark, Switzerland and China’s Yilun Jiang were 3-6.
Scotland fell to 3-7, Italy was 2-7 and Germany’s Daniela Jentsch was 1-7 with 15 draws complete.