Eurosport - Tue, 23 Mar 10:28:00 2010
Eve Muirhead remains firmly in the medal mix after two comfortable victories at the women's World Curling Championship in Swift Current.
The teenage Scottish skip was in top form as her rink brushed aside the challenge of Japan 11-2, with three ends to spare, and then beat Olympic champions Sweden, albeit without Vancouver winning skip Anette Norberg, 7-3.
"We made the right shots at the right times, all of us executed really well," said Muirhead, who failed to make the knockout stage at her debut Olympics last month.
"Once again we played the technical shots really well. We really got on top of early and we're playing the way that we know we can play."
Muirhead will take most satisfaction from her win, with just two ends to spare, over Swedish skip and fellow youngster Cecilia Ostlund, a repeat of the world junior final two years ago.
Scotland are now well placed to contest the medals having lost just once in five games - the same record as Erika Brown's US champions.†
But Canada's Jennifer Jones, who was overlooked for Olympic selection in favour of eventual silver medallist Cheryl Bernard, continued her impressive form to stretch her unbeaten run to five matches in a thrilling 10-9 victory over defending champions China.
Chinese skip Bingyu Wang has endured a miserable week so far and while this was a much-improved performance, she made a critical final end error to gift Canada victory.
"It was a big win for us," said Jones.
"It keeps the momentum going. To not play our best and still come out with a win is good. You want a couple of those along the way."†