Eurosport - Sun, 21 Mar 21:09:00 2010
Scotland eased to a 9-4 opening win over Denmark at the women's World Curling Championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Scottish skip Eve Muirhead made a three in the third end and closed out the win with another three in the eighth.
"It's always good for us to get off to a good start and we never really let the opposition in," Muirhead said after their only clash of the day in Canada.
"We were on them pretty well all the way. They didn't have a disastrous game but we just pounced on top of them with every shot and really controlled the issue."
Canada avenged their Olympic final defeat to Sweden with a 9-6 win, while current champions China got off to a bad start as Bingyu Wang's rink lost 8-6 to Germany.
"We made so many mistakes in that game," admitted Wang.†"Our players don't feel so good about it. Our communication was poor."
Erika Brown's US team lead the way at the top of the early standings after wins over Russia and Japan.
"It feels great," said Brown. "We'd better take a picture of the scoreboard. This is just what we had planned and it's where we wanted to be."