Canada jumps to third place

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:47 PM ET

Canada's Amber Holland can breathe a little easier now.

After putting together a pair of wins Tuesday at the World Women's Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark, Holland's Saskatchewan rink got right back in the thick of the playoff hunt.

Holland knocked off world championship neophytes, the Czech Republic 7-4 in the early draw before beating the United States 9-6 in the evening session to run Canada's record to 4-3. The Canadians, winners of three straight, are in a four-way tie for third place, behind first-place Sweden (6-1) and second-place Switzerland (5-2).

"All wins are important this week, so it was key for us to come out today and get a couple of wins on the board to make sure we're staying where we need to in the standings," Holland said after beating the Americans.

In the game against the U.S., Holland had the hammer in the first end and opened the scoring with a single. She never trailed the rest of the way, scoring a deuce in the 10th to close it out in style.

"Basically, we're just struggling with execution," Anerican coach Neil Harrison said.

Holland scored three in the fourth end to take control against the struggling Czechs. Two in the seventh and a steal of one in the eighth gave the Canadians a 7-3 lead.

Sweden's Anette Norberg also won twice to maintain her position atop the standings. Norberg, a two-time Olympic champion, beat the host Danes 8-3 in seven ends then downed defending world champ Andrea Schoepp of Germany 7-5 in the afternoon draw.

"We didn't play the game we would like to play there, but that was really my first good game," Norberg said after beating the Germans. "We have a good mixture in the team and it works well. Actually, they take care of me, I don't take care of them."

Korea's Mi-Sung Shin finally got into the win column by downing the Czechs 11-2. Korea is out of it at 1-6 but the win gave Shin something to grin about.

"I'm very happy, we are now getting better, our game is picking up," she said. "After the first games we didn't feel too good. But we are enjoying being here."

Canada plays Switzerland and Sweden Wednesday before wrapping up the round-robin against Korea and Germany on Thursday.


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