Curling

Curtis Ng - Saturday Feb. 15, 2014 02:59 ET

Jennifer Jones beats Japan to stay undefeated

Steal of one in eighth end proves to be the difference

Jennifer Jones, curling, facing Japan

Jennifer Jones, seen in action against Japan on Saturday, is still perfect in Sochi. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

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Jennifer Jones is still undefeated. 

The 39-year-old skip from Manitoba put in another strong performance to edge Ayumi Ogasawara of Japan 8-6 at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi on Saturday.

Jones is now 6-0 with three more draws remaining in the round robin, including a match against Russia later Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET.

The match started off evenly until the fifth end, when the Japanese stole a point for a 5-4 lead and appeared to have momentum on their side.

However, after the Canadians scored a double in the seventh end, the Japanese made a huge mistake, allowing the Canadians to steal one.

On her last stone, with a Canadian rock at the bottom of the four-foot, Ogasawara put just a bit too much weight on her throw, missing being shot rock by a hair and allowing the steal.

"That was big turning point," said Jones, who sustained her high level of play in Sochi with 83 percent shot accuracy.

"The goal at the start of the week was to make the playoffs," Jones added. "Now we just need to make sure we are as sharp as we can be for the end of the week." 

Ogasawara managed to score a point in the ninth end, but was down 7-6 at that point. 

In the 10th end, the Japanese were threatening to tie it up, but Jones put the match away with a big double takeout with her penultimate rock.

In other results, Great Britain defeated South Korea 10-8, and China topped Sweden 7-6.

With files from The Associated Press

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