Canada on bubble at worlds

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

Canada's Amber Holland no longer has any margin for error.

The bottom line is, she needs two wins Thursday at the World Women's Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark. Another split, a common theme for Holland this week, probably won't cut it if she hopes to make the playoffs.

Holland's team from Saskatchewan plays defending-champion Germany and Korea to close out the round robin.

Canada is tied with Switzerland at 5-4 after splitting a pair of games Wednesday.

With China, Denmark and Russia, all at 6-3, trailing the nearly perfect Swedes (8-1), the opportunity to slip into the four-team playoffs still exists. But Holland knows her rink can't afford another loss.

"You know that four losses is max - you don't want to go beyond that," she said after losing 5-4 to Sweden's Anette Norberg in the evening draw, a result that ended her four-game winning streak.

Norberg clinched a spot in the Page playoffs with the win over Canada and appears set to lock up top spot. Sweden takes on the Czech Republic (2-7) and the United States (4-5) in its final two games.

"My play is getting better," Norberg said. "I'm not satisfied yet, but it's getting better, and usually I get a little bit better when I go into the playoffs. I hope it will be the same this time."

Holland jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Norberg but Sweden scored a pair in the fourth to tie it up. Neither team could scored more than one an end down the stretch but a steal by Norberg in the seventh proved deadly for the Canadian skip.

Earlier in the day, Holland scored three in the ninth end to down Switzerland's Mirjam Ott 7-4. Holland had an open hit for three when Ott's last rock rolled out of the rings then in the 10th end the Swiss were run out of rocks.

China, Denmark and Russia each won twice Wednesday. China's Bingyu Wang hammered the Americans 14-3 and edged Norway 6-4, Denmark's Lene Nielsen knocked off Korea 7-4 and Scotland 12-5 and Anna Sidorova of Russia beat Germany 5-3 and the Czechs 12-3.


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