31 January 2019

Hamiltons roar back to life with double success

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Perret and Rios also pick up two wins on the second day in Jonkoping.

United States’ mixed doubles pair Becca and Matt Hamilton made a roaring comeback on day two of the Curling World Cup, recording two wins over Russia (9-6) and China (6-5) respectively.

Eldest sibling, Matt, was delighted with their response to yesterday’s defeat against Norway, adding that “comfort levels” have improved after a couple of games.

"I thought we played well yesterday, we just didn’t have the one blow up end and obviously when you have one end where you play poorly it’s tough to come back in mixed doubles," said the Olympic gold medallist.

“We had a couple things we had to talk about – not things to necessarily make us shoot better but raise our comfort level a bit. When you’re comfortable you’re able to make a lot more shots.”

Perret and Rios also bounced back from their opening loss to pick up two wins on day two over Korea and Sweden respectively.

The Swiss pair were made to work hard by Korea’s Hyeri Jang and Chiwon Choi in the morning session, but sealed victory with a single point in the final end to win 7-6.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

The Olympic silver medallists won by the identical scoreline against Sweden and now lead Group A on six Curling World Cup points.

“I still think we didn’t play much better than yesterday but kept fighting and thought we could win this game,” said Rios.

“We are still trying to find our A-game here. We haven’t played great curling yet, but we tried our best to find our good draw weight and put pressure on our opponents.”

However, Swedish pair Camilla and Per Noreen did register a victory on day two via a shoot-out, which was decided by a matter of millimetres.

Camilla was first to throw with her stone finishing just 25.6cm away from the pin, while Colton Lott's effort measured at 26.1cm, just 0.5cm further away.

Canada dusted themselves off and came back later in the day to take a controlling 7-2 win over Korea’s Hyeri Jang and Chiwon Choi, with four consecutive steals between ends two and five the difference maker.

Chinese duo Cao Chang and Yuan Mingjie picked up their first win after beating Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Thomas Ulsrud 10-6 in the morning session.

Ulsrud and Skaslien also fell to Russia in the third session of the day, losing 10-8 with Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev taking five in the third end.

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