March 21, 2012
Chinese rink sinks out of playoffs
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
|China skip Wang Bingyu (centre) watches her shot as teammates Lui Jinli (left) and Zhou Yan sweep during their game against Canada at the World Women's Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alta., March 18, 2012. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters)
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. - To say this was a disappointing week for China's Bingyu Wang would be an understatement.
Wang was officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 7-5 loss to Sweden in the Wednesday morning draw.
While Wang has a reputation as skip of one of the best women's curling teams in the world, that's small consolation after a mediocre showing in Lethbridge -- sitting at 2-6 after being beaten by Sweden.
Wang came into this tournament with three podium finishes at the worlds, including a championship in 2009, as well as an Olympic bronze in 2010.
Her team has been rebuilding since the departure of long-time third Liu Yin, who has married and moved to the U.S.
Wang holds out hope Yin may return to the Chinese national team in the future. But in the meantime, no one has been able to match Yin's level.
"We have to try to learn so many of the things about the game," Wang said. "They have to know what to do. I hope they really learn about things, even though it was not a good experience because we lost so many games."
Wang had high expectations.
"Losing games does not feel good, but we hope we learn some things from these games," Wang said. "We hope we can play better next time."