Sloan slumps to opening loss

Sat, 19 Mar 21:46:00 2011

Scotland skip Anna Sloan slumped to a narrow defeat in her opening match at the World Curling Championships, with Czech Republic's Anna Kubeskova claiming her country's first win in history.

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An unfortunate pick-up for Scotland in the eighth end gave the Czechs a steal of two and a 6-1 lead, but the Scots fought back hard, scoring three in the ninth and only being denied by an umpire's measure in the tenth that would have forced an extra end.

Four of Scotland's victorious rink from the recent World Junior Championships are in Esjberg, although Eve Muirhead, who skipped the team to gold and won silver at last year's World and European Championships, only travels as a reserve.

Sloan, who played third in Muirhead's junior rink, beat the Vancouver Olympian's team at the recent Scottish Championships to earn the right to be Scottish skip in Denmark.

She is joined by Vicky Adams and Rhiann Macleod, fellow members of the rink that won in Perth, and Claire Hamilton, who was too old to compete as a junior.

"These things happen, you've just got to keep going," said Sloan, a former European junior Olympic gold medallist.

"We got a really slow start, we struggled with the weight. We need to take away the positives from that game and just bin the rest of it."

Kubeskova added: "We are at the worlds for the first time, so we are nervous. We made some mistakes in the ninth end and we have problems being defensive. It was pretty hard in the end but it feels good to have a first win."

Elsewhere, Germany Andrea Scheopp claimed her second victory with a 10-7 defeat of two-time Olympic silver medallist Switzerlands Mirjam Ott, while two-time Olympic champion Anette Norberg led Sweden to their first win, beating Russia by 8-4.

More Than The Games / Eurosport

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