Canada keeps world hopes alive

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

Canada's Amber Holland is hoping it's not three strikes and you're out at the World Women's Curling Championship.

After dropping her third straight game in the early draw Monday in Esbjerg, Denmark, the Saskatchewan skip bounced back with a 7-5 win over Norway to keep her playoff hopes alive.

At 2-3 in the tournament, Holland sits in a three-way tie for eighth place. Not the optimal position, clearly, but an optimist would say she is just two games out of top spot and six teams are tied at 3-2 for second.

"That was very important," Holland said of her win over Norway's Linn Githmark. "We know we need wins, that's what this game is all about. That was good to finish the day with a win, we played a lot better - not that we didn't play well this morning, we just didn't get some of the breaks that we needed."

Earlier in the day, Holland lost 7-3 to Scottland's Anna Sloan, leaving her in a precarious position. But the pack tightened up in the two later draws, leaving Canada within striking distance.

Canada trailed Norway 3-2 after four ends but scored three in the fifth to take control. Neither team managed more than one each end -- Canada blanked the seventh -- the rest of the way, with Holland taking a single in the 10th to close it out.

In the morning draw, Scotland built a 3-1 lead through four then held Canada to one in the fifth. A three-spot in the seventh sewed it up for Sloan and the teams shook hands after nine.

Sloan later beat Germany's Andrea Schopp 9-3 to improve to 3-2.

"It's been a really good day," Sloan said. "If someone had said to us we were going to get two wins today, we'd have been more than happy. All the teams out here are pretty strong, so we've just to keep going and whoever we play we mustn't let it affect us."

Sweden's Anette Norberg, a two-time Olympic champion, is alone atop the standings with a 4-1 record after beating China 7-5 and Korea 10-7. Denmark also got a pair of wins Monday, 9-2 over the Czech Republic and 6-3 over Switzerland.

Holland will play the Czechs (2-3) and the United States (2-3) Tuesday.


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