Curling

Greg Hughes - Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 08:46 ET

Jennifer Jones wins 8th straight curling match

Canada needs extra end for win over U.S.

Jennifer Jones
Canada's Jennifer Jones led her team to a win over the United States. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)
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It took longer than expected, but Jennifer Jones's rink beat the United States in women's curling on Sunday.

The Americans consistently matched the Canadians throughout the match and scored a single in the 10th end to tie the match at 6-6.

In the extra end, Jones used the hammer to score one, earning the win 7-6.

The match was meaningless in terms of advancing to the medal round — Canada has already secured a spot in one of the two women's curling semi-finals, while the Americans have struggled badly in Sochi and sit in last place —but it was a match the Canadians were determined to win. 

Canada has now improved to a perfect 8-0 record in round-robin action, where the United States falls to 1-7. 

"The quality and calibre of teams here is so tremendous that you're going to have battles out there, but we're finding a way to be in control of our own game and holding our fate in our own hands," Jones said. 

"We had a plan and it worked out perfectly. We couldn't have asked for anything to go any better. Now it's just a matter of trying to figure out a way to play well in the playoffs."

Canada's final round-robin match is on Monday against South Korea. If the Canadians win, they will become the first women's curling team to go undefeated in an Olympic Winter Games' round robin tournament. 

"We just want to go and end the round-robin strong," Jones added. "Right now we're in the playoffs and that's really the focus. The round-robin is not over, but it doesn't really affect where we're going to stand."

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