China suffer third straight defeat at curling championships
Wang Bingyu of China throws a stone during the World Women's Curling Championship match against Czech Republic, in Beijing, March 19, 2017. Czech Republic won 8-7. [Photo/Xinhua]
BEIJING -- Hosts China suffered an embarrassing three-game losing streak at the World Women's Curling Championships 2017, after going down to the Czech Republic 8-7 after an extra end.
The Czech Republic join defending champions Switzerland and Sochi Olympic winners Canada as the only unbeaten teams at the tournament which feature 12 elite teams altogether.
"It's still the beginning of the competition, we need to win more games to be in the top," said the Anna Kubeskova, the skip of the Czechs.
"We're really getting to the game better, it's still a nervous start but everyone is getting used to the ice," she added.
In front of hundreds of enthusiastic home crowds, China fell behind 7-5 after the ninth end. But the Chinese fought back in the tenth, scoring two points to pull the game into the extra end.
"It was a tough game, as our opponents performed very well. I thought we played much better as the game went on," said Liu Jinli, the second player of Chinese team.