26 January 2019

‘Improved’ China rink ready for Jonkoping test

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Jiang Yilun ready to showcase a new-look Chinese rink in Sweden.

China women’s skip Jiang Yilun says her rink “have improved both tactically and technically” since their Suzhou showing and are relishing competing on the world stage again in Curling World Cup leg three.

Yilun, who replaces Liu Sijia as skip, will head to the Jonkoping Curling Club at the end of the month to showcase a new-look team to that which competed in leg one.

“We are all looking forward to playing in Jonkoping,” said the Harbin-born 25-year-old. “This is also a very good opportunity for us to show the world a new team. I hope to have a good performance in Jonkoping.

“I feel that we have improved both tactically and technically. Leg one was a good start in the early season and we also learned the ability of other teams to show consistency during a tournament.”

© WCF / Céline Stucki - Jiang Yilun (pictured left) will replace Sijia Liu as skip for leg three.

The four-leg international series will have travelled to three continents in its first season and has featured more than 172 curlers over the course of the three legs – something Yilun is confident will help her team develop on the world stage.

“The Curling World Cup allows us to have more exposure to the strong teams in the world. It is a process that allows us to communicate and learn with other teams,” added Yilun.

“In the game, we can not only understand the opponent, but also have a platform to show our team to other teams.”

China has been drawn alongside illustrious company in Jonkoping, facing Olympic and European champions Team Anna Hasselborg and two-time European champions Team Anna Sidorova, as well as Canada’s Team Darcy Robertson in Group A.

But the tough draw for leg three has not dampened the skip’s spirits, and with a spot in the Grand Final in China’s capital Beijing at stake, Yilun is determined to fight “till the end”.

“No matter which group of games we will play, we will play our best. This time we as a new team will have to fight till the end and let us have more fighting spirit.”

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