Canada’s Jennifer Jones dropped an 8-5 decision against Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa on Friday afternoon at the Ice Cube.
Under pressure from the outset by the 2018 Olympic bronze medalists, Jones was unable to catch up in the second leg match at the Beijing Olympics.
This is the first time Jones has lost a match at the Olympics. She took her opening win here and runner-up en route to a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia.
Canada’s Brad Gushue was scheduled to take on Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz on Friday night.
Fujisawa stole singles in three in the first year and made her mark when she took the hammer at the third end.
Canada took the lead when Fujisawa made the first error of the game, a flash header in the sixth inning.
Jones had the advantage with a kill but all momentum was stifled in the seventh round after Kaitlyn Lawes hooked a stone to set up a Japanese pair.
Fujisawa knocked Jones out of the 10th round.
In the men’s first matches, Switzerland beat Sergey Glukhov of Russia 6-3 and John Shuster of the United States beat Bruce Mouat of England 9-7.
Sweden’s Niklas Edin beat Italy’s Joel Retornaz 9-3 and China’s Xiuyue Ma beat Denmark’s Mikkel Krause 5-4.
Sweden (3-0) and Canada (2-0) were the only undefeated men’s teams going into the evening’s game. The defending American champion was alone in third place with a score of 2-1.
England, Norway and Switzerland led China 1-1 and Russia 1-2. Denmark and Italy are still undefeated with the score 0-2.
This Canadian Press report was first published on February 11, 2022.