Kerry Ayerson of Canada struggled fiercely at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championships on Sunday, deciding 7-6 for her seventh straight defeat to the United States.
Ayerson shot just 54 percent in his worst game of round-robin play. The Americans improved to 3–2 while Canada trailed 1–4.
Manitoba-based Forsum was tied for 11th place in the 14-team field. The top six teams will make it to the playoffs.
Ayerson threw a stone at the fourth end and missed several points on a guard in the fifth.
American skip Tebita Peterson made a good pick at the eighth end to score the Deuce for a 7-3 lead. Ayerson hit back with a pair in the ninth, but the US sealed the victory with a second shot stone at the 10th end.
The morning draw was postponed to Sunday and the contest was finally resumed without television coverage after the contest’s broadcast staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
In an e-mail to the Canadian press, Christopher Hamilton, media head of the World Curling Federation, confirmed that there were four positive cases. No name or additional details provided.
The WCF said in its statement that individuals were isolated at their hotel due to additional testing and contact tracing.
The staff are staying in a different hotel than the athletes and competition officials who were cleared to return after a deep cleaning of the WinSport Arena.
The WCF stated that all scheduled tests for athletes and competition officials return negative results. The start time was pushed back by half an hour for the afternoon and evening draws.
Ayerson was scheduled to return on Monday, with games against Daniela Gentsch of Germany and Unjung Kim of South Korea.
The television broadcast will resume before Tuesday afternoon. The competition is part of TSN’s Season of Champions coverage and is broadcast internationally by World Curling TV.
“Thank you for the best wishes,” TSN broadcaster Vic Router said on Twitter. “We are different, tested, cared for, hopefully back on Tuesday, taking care of ourselves and each other.”