Canada trounces Scotland 9-3 at world womens curling championship

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Jennifer Jones gave some local schoolchildren a lesson in world-class curling Monday.
The defending champion opened the game with a steal of three, and added a five-spot in the fifth end on the way to a 9-3 rout of Scotland's Eve Muirhead in Draw 7 action at the world women's curling championship.
With hundreds of enthusiastic grade-schoolers in attendance at the Gangneung International Ice Rink, the Jones foursome put on a shotmaking clinic, playing their strongest game of the tournament to improve to 4-0. That was good for a share of the lead with Denmark's Angelina Jensen, the 2007 runner-up.
Sweden's Anette Norberg was next at 4-1, with Switzerland's Mirjam Ott and China's Bingyu Wang at 3-1.
Two big mistakes from Muirhead gave Canada all the offence it would need.
After Jones promoted her own stone to lie three in the first, Muirhead tried a takeout but misfired completely, giving Canada a quick 3-0 lead.
The teams traded single points over the next three ends before another Muirhead blunder put the game out of reach. Facing four Canadian stones in the house, Muirhead tried to bury her final shot behind cover but left it wide open.
That gave Jones a simple hit and stick for five, and the teams shook hands one end later.
Canada's victories have been one-sided, but Jones insisted the games haven't been easy.
"I feel like we've had tough games," said Jones. "We've had tough games early and then we've played well. I feel like we're getting to where we have to make a big shot, and we've been making them. And that's what we want."
With the game well in hand after five ends, Jones pulled lead Dawn Askin from the game in favour of alternate Jennifer Clarke-Rouire, who made her first appearance at a world championship.
"She's glowing," said Jones. "She does so much for us, and we really wanted to get her on the ice."
Norberg remained in contention with a 9-3 win over Russia's Liudmila Privivkova (1-3). Norberg earned her first lead of the game with a steal of two in the fourth end, and iced things with a three-point eighth.
Wang had all she could handle in a 7-6 victory over host skip Mi-Yeon Kim (1-4).
China built a 6-3 lead before Kim scored two with the hammer in the eighth and added a steal of one in the ninth. Wang secured her fourth straight victory on a draw to the eight-foot with her final shot in the 10th.
The other Draw 7 game saw Italy's Diana Gaspari (1-3) score four with the hammer in the eighth end of a 9-6 win over Deb McCormick of the U.S. (0-4).
Jensen remained unbeaten with a 7-6, extra-end win over Norberg in Draw 6. Jensen, the runner-up in 2007, took the lead with a steal of one in the sixth end, regained it with two points in the eighth and pulled out the win after Norberg scored a single in the 10th to force extra time.
In other Draw 6 action, Ott downed Kim 7-6, Germany's Andrea Schopp (2-2) trounced Gaspari 8-1 and Muirhead needed an extra end to beat Marianne Rorvik 8-7, dropping the Norwegian skip to 0-4.

Organizations: Gangneung International Ice Rink

Geographic location: Canada, China, South Korea Scotland Denmark Sweden Switzerland Russia Italy U.S. Germany

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