Jones bounces back

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

VERNON, B.C. -- It was the most incredible comeback of the century.

Down 6-1 after four ends and her team looking for a hole to hide in, Team Canada's Jennifer Jones somehow managed to lead her foursome to victory.

Jones capped off the comeback with an incredible takeout through a port in the 10th end, setting up the winning deuce in a 10-9 triumph over the USA's Deb McCormick in a women's world championship match at the Greater Vernon Multiplex, where the biggest crowd of the week gave the Jones squad a standing ovation last night.

McCormick had stolen three in the fourth end to take the 6-1 lead, only to falter when Jones scored threes of her own in the fifth and seventh ends.

Canada improved to 6-1 and sole possession of second spot.

Earlier, Jones missed an attempted draw to the four-foot with the hammer to allow China's Bingyu (Betty) Wang to steal the winning two points in a 9-7 victory.

Now, this is the same skip who made draw that earned Manitoba the win in the Canadian final under intense pressure. And the same one who made the spectacular in-off to win the 2005 Canadian crown. So, Jones can be forgiven this faux pas.

One veteran observer suggested the last time Jones missed such a draw to win was in a playoff game at the 2002 nationals -- six years ago!

In fact, Canada second Jill Officer could not even recall the last time her skipper missed such a shot to win or tie.

"I'm not sure," she responded after momentarily searching her brain. "Yeah, it's unusual. And I thought she was good when she let it go."

Because the rest of the games had already finished, the arena became deathly quiet just as Jones was ready to throw her last rock.

"Someone's cellphone went off while she was in the hack and that's why she had to re-set," Officer said. "I honestly don't know if that made a difference but, you know, you just shake your head at that. Like, what part of, 'Turn your cellphones off?' don't you understand?"

If it bothered Jones, she would never admit it.

"I just needed the four-foot and I just gave it a little bit at the end and it's pretty fast out there," she said. "That shot, we don't miss very often. Unfortunately, we missed (yesterday). Obviously, it was a little heavy ... If I had to do it all over again, I would throw less weight and I just hope I have the chance."

Jones had rebounded from a 4-1 deficit only to lose on the miss. It was akin to losing in overtime after scoring in the last minute with the goalie pulled.

"I thought we controlled the last half of that game and should have won it," Jones said. "But we played well, except for the last one."

"I was surprised to beat Canada," Wang said. "It was very good for us ... We were so lucky because Jennifer played so well."

Wang then whipped the Yankees 10-1 to improve to 7-0, likely clinching at least a tie-breaker.

"The U.S. did not play so well," Wang allowed. "(Yesterday), we played well and had so many chances to score points."

But she did seem to be surprised to be the only undefeated team here.

"We won lots of lucky games," Wang conceded. "I just want to keep playing well now."

Despite the blowout, McCormick did not seem to be all that impressed with the Chinese.

"We felt we got beat by the ice more than we did by China," said McCormick, who was fooled by the way it had changed. "We hadn't played on this sheet before. I felt like my last rock curled more than the other ones and we wrecked on a lot of guards."

Canada plays Japan and Scotland today.


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