Homan suffers loss
SAINT JOHN, N.B.—Rachel Homan retained her sense of humour, although it was shade darker after a humbling 8-2 loss to Switzerland at the Ford Women’s World Curling Championship yesterday.
“We can’t play worse, so that’s good,” the Canadian skip said wryly after shaking hands with the Swiss after just eight ends.
After cruising to wins over mistake-prone Russia and Czech Republic to open the championship, Homan’s Ottawa team ran up against a crisper Swiss foursome skipped by Binia Feltscher.
She won an Olympic silver medal in 2006 playing third for Mirjam Ott in Turin, Italy.
Switzerland and Allison Pottinger of the U.S. topped the standings at 3-0 heading into play today.
Canada dropped to 2-1 and into a tie with Russia’s Anna Sidorova, Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson, and South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the round-robin advance to the Page playoff.
Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont, Latvia’s Evita Regza, China’s Liu Sijia, and Scotland’s Kerry Barr were 1-2 ahead of winless Anne Kubeskova of the Czech Republic and Oona Lehmann of Germany at 0-3.
A string of wins by Homan, vice Emma Miskew, and front end Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle was snapped at 15 with the defeat.
They went 13-0 to win the Canadian championship in Montreal.
Beltscher’s finesse tap cleared two Canadian stones to score three and lead 4-2 after five ends.
The Canadians then gave up four stolen points over the next three ends as Homan tried higher-risk shots to get her team back in the game.
The host country has this morning off before facing Denmark this afternoon.
They go up against the U.S. tonight.
“We’re going to sleep in, get some rest, and play a lot better than that,” Homan pledged.