Sloan rides luck to win

Sun, 20 Mar 19:31:00 2011

Anna Sloan secured her first victory of the women's World Curling Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark in somewhat fortuitous fashion -- but she certainly wasn't complaining about it.

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Having been on the receiving end of the Czech Republic's first ever win at the competition just 24 hours previously, Sloan and her Scottish rink were desperate to put things right against the USA -- but they needed to rely on a woeful error from opposing skip Patti Lank to secure a 7--6 win.

Faced with the final shot of the tenth and last end and with the scores tied at 6--6, Lank merely needed to take out the Scottish stone, but instead she removed her own, handing Scotland a much--needed win.

"We knew we had to make her play her last shot and we'll take that win, I think we deserved it as we played pretty well," said Sloan.

"We're playing well as a team, we're working well as a team and we're communicating well, so we just need to step it up with every game that we play."

A poor start from Scotland saw the USA score a triple in the first end but Sloan and co responded in the second with a three of their own to level things up at 3--3.

In the fifth end, the Scots forced Lank to take a single and a slender 4--3 lead into the half--time break and in the sixth a superb shot from Sloan gave Scotland a 5--4 lead.

Sloan lost her way somewhat in the closing ends and gave up a steal as Lank pulled level at 6--6 going into the final end only for her dreadful error to give Scotland a surprise win.

More Than The Games / Eurosport

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