China loses to Switzerland in mixed doubles curling opener

2018-02-08 05:37:06 GMT2018-02-08 13:37:06(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

PYEONGCHANG, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's mixed doubles curlingteam lost to Switzerland 5-7 in their first match in the roundrobin session at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics here onThursday.

Wang Rui and Ba Dexin, bronze medalists in the World MixedDoubles Championship in 2017 and silver medalists in 2016, took thelead in the first end but were levelled in the second by theirSwiss opponents.

The two teams were locked in a tie after a seesaw battle inseven ends and a controversial eighth end. In the ninth end, theSwiss earned two more points and sealed the match 7-5.

"In the end, I was lucky," said Swiss player Martin Rios afterthe match.

"I can not say that I have too many regrets, though both sidesmade a mistake in the eighth end by touching a little bit ourstone," said Chinese player Ba.

Due to the incident, the referee made the call that the Chineseside only got one point instead of two in the eighth end, which ledto a play-off in the ninth end.

"The Swiss team is very strong. In fact, every team that canshow up in the Olympics is strong... We just need to play our bestin every match and show the world the spirit of the Chineseathletes. As for the final results, we will see in a week," saidBa.

Chinese coach Zhang Zhipeng said that the performance of Wangand Ba were okay on the whole but they were not in their best form."They were a little bit stressed in their first match," hesaid.

In the morning's other matches, the United States beat OlympicAthletes from Russia 9-3, Norway outclassed Canada 9-6, and hostSouth Korea defeated Finland 9-4.