Holland starts championships with win
By QMI Agency
|Canada's skip Amber Holland delivers a stone during their match against China at the World Women's Curling Championships in Esbjerg, March 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Bob Strong)
Canada's Amber Holland got off to a good start at the World Women's Curling Championship Saturday in Esbjerg, Denmark.
The Saskatchewan skip scored four in the sixth end en route to an 8-6 win over China's Bingyu Wang, a former world champion, in her first game representing Canada.
"To have a win is great, it's nice to come out and get adjusted to the ice," Holland said. "Obviously China is a great team and there's a lot of great teams here, Olympic champions here too, so I'm not going to say it gets any easier."
After giving up one to China in the first end, Holland came back with a deuce in the fourth to take the league. But the Chinese scored two of their own in the fifth before Holland scored the crucial four-spot in the sixth.
The two rinks took turns exchanging singles in the final three ends to close out the scoring.
Holland curled just 76% in her first game, but as a team Canada came in at 82%. Lead Heather Kalenchuk curled 94%, second Tammy Schneider 74% and third Kim Schneider 84%.
Norway and Germany lead the standings at 2-0, followed by Canada and the Czech Republic at 1-0. The Czechs are making their first ever appearance at the world championship.
In the late draw, defending champion Andrea Schopp of Germany beat Switzerland's Mirjam Ott 10-7 while Norway's Linn Githmark beat Korea’s Mi-Sung Shin 5-2. The U.S. posted a 7-6 win over Denmark and Sweden doubled Russia 8-4.
In the early draw, Russia beat Korea 9-5, the Czech Republic edged Scotland 6-5 and Switzerland beat the U.S. 5-3.