Eurosport - Wed, 24 Mar 09:27:00 2010
Eve Muirhead continued her destructive form at the World Curling Championships, racking up another two crushing victories to edge ever closer to the semi-finals in Swift Current.
The Scottish teenager took to the ice with an impressive record of four wins and just one defeat in Canada and along with her rink of Kelly Wood, Annie Laird and Lorna Vevers, she cruised past Norway and Latvia to strengthen her grip on second place.
Against Norway, Scotland were in command from the word go and a double in the second end was followed up with three consecutive singles to take a virtually unassailable 5-0 lead.
Norway, skipped by Linn GIthmark, did reply with a double of their own but there was no way back as Muirhead eased to a 7-3 victory.
And against Latvia, the three-time world junior champion was just as ruthless and after losing a single in the first end, Scotland roared into an 8-1 lead after four five ends, courtesy of a quadruple in the fifth.
A double followed in the sixth and that was enough for Latvian skip Iveta Stasa-Sarsune, who promptly threw in the towel, leaving Muirhead's rink hot on the heels of Canada's Jennifer Jones, who has a flawless record of six wins from her six matches.
Muirhead's final round-robin match will be against Jones and while she admits the Canadian will prove to be the acid test if the Scot is to clinch gold in Swift Current, the 19-year-old is clearly brimming with confidence.
"Canada are definitely the favourites here, playing on home ice with home support," said Muirhead. "We just have to keep our heads high and keep playing the way we are - focusing on a game at a time.† I'm sure when we get to the game against Canada it will be a very good tussle."
Jones, who lost out in the Olympic trials to eventual silver medallist Cheryl Bernard, has been in scintillating form on home soil and she brushed aside Danish Olympian Madeleine Dupont to rack up a sixth straight victory - exacting revenge after losing to Denmark in the bronze medal match a year ago in Korea.
"That game was very similar to the game in Korea," said Jones. "We controlled it, then let them back in it and lost.
"It really did remind me of that but, this time, we made the shots in the last end that we missed before."