Reuters - Mon, 22 Mar 09:58:00 2010
Scottish skip Eve Muirhead bounced back from defeat to Germany to claim the scalp of reigning champions China at the women's World Curling Championship in Swift Current.
Muirhead was far from impressed following a 9-6 defeat to Andrea Schoepp's rink but she responded in style.
Chinese skip Bingyu Wang - a bronze medallist at the recent Winter Olympics - is clearly suffering from a crisis of confidence.
She asked to be dropped following an earlier defeat to Denmark but took her place in the rink as Muirhead, who also beat her in Vancouver, pulled off a comprehensive 14-4 win in the eighth end.
"They're known as slow starters, so it's good that we got them out of the way early," she said. "We didn't have many slack shots at all and that's the way we want to play. "Every end they were drawing against a lot of stones, which made it good for us. That's the name of our game and that's what we have to do. We need to keep playing like that."
Wang admitted she was struggling to read the conditions but insisted she would not quit the team - despite her earlier wobble.
"It's true I didn't want to play but I need to solve my problems on the ice," she said. "I made no many mistakes, nothing was working and I just hope I can learn from these three defeats."
Canada's Jennifer Jones is the only unbeaten skip following her third straight win - an 8-3 victory over Norway's Linn Githmark while six teams, including Muirhead's Scotland, boost 2-1 records.