Russian skip adjusting to new team

Russia's skip Anna Sidorova delivers the stone during a match against China at the World Women's...

Russia's skip Anna Sidorova delivers the stone during a match against China at the World Women's Curling Championships in Esbjerg March 24, 2011. (Bob Strong/REUTERS)

Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - Fresh off her bronze-medal performance at this year's world juniors, Russia's Anna Sidorova realized there would be an adjustment period when she moved up a level.

With a totally new supporting cast at the women's world curling championship, it's been an early struggle.

Russia bounced back after a morning loss to Canada with a convincing 7-3 win over frontrunner Margaretha Sigfridsson in the afternoon draw.

She sealed the deal with a five-ender in six, improving her record to 3-4.

"It was a really great end when we took five," said Sidorova. "It was really difficult, when you know you already have four, to make the fifth. The main thing for a curler is to believe in themselves and now we did it.

"Every win for us is really important because we can compare our power with the strength of the other teams. We need to feel that we can beat every team that we meet."

Sidorova is still unsure whether she's totally over the jet lag she picked up flying in from Europe.

"I don't know," she said. "I hope so. I'm still tired, but I'm just trying to be in control in preparing in each game because we need the wins."

It's been a challenging job to skip this Russian team. Not only has the lineup changed from game to game, but sometimes substitutions have been made during the game.

Sidorova doesn't just have to figure out the ice, she also has to figure out the quirks of the four other team members that rotate in and out the lineup.

"The main thing is to play well," said Sidorova. "I don't care which lineup we have vis a vis the team. I believe in every girl on my team. The main thing is to make the shots. We're so used to having changes made that we're not surprised about it."


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