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Chinese women curlers post split at world championship

2012-03-19 06:10:01 GMT2012-03-19 14:10:01(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LETHBRIDGE, Canada, March 18 (Xinhua) -- China grabbed the first victory at the World Women's Curling Championship Sunday evening, beating the United States 8-4 to rebound from a 7-5 loss to host Canada earlier in the day.

Through two days at the 12-nation championship in southern Alberta, China has a record of one win and two losses.

After trailing the US 3-2 following four ends at the Enmax Center, China skipper Wang Bingyu found her form in collecting five points over the next four ends to take a commanding 7-3 lead.

After USA skipper Allison Pottinger scored a single in the ninth to make it 7-4, Wang, the 2009 world champion, added a single in the final end to cement the victory.

Against Canada, one of the pre-tournament favorites, China was never ahead in the game but they made Canadian skipper Heather Nedohin work for the victory.

After the Canadians earned two points each in the fourth and sixth ends to take a 5-2 lead, Wang added a single in the seventh and two points in the ninth end as Canada held on to a slim 6-5 lead.

With the hammer coming home, Edmonton resident Nedohin made no mistake and put it on target for a single point in the final end to secure the win.

Other scores in the afternoon session saw Germany beat Denmark 6-3, while defending champions Sweden hammered Italy 9-3. The Czech Republic got past South Korea 6-3.

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