June 18th, 2024

Jones beaten 9-2 by Wrana in wild opening draw of Players’ Championship

By The Canadian Press on April 9, 2024.

Team Manitoba-Jones skip Jennifer Jones makes a shot against Team Ontario-Homan in the final at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. Jones's final tournament as part of a four-player team got off to a rocky start with a six-end 9-2 loss to Sweden's Isabella Wrana on Tuesday at the Grand Slam of Curling's season-ending Players' Championship.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

TORONTO – Jennifer Jones’s final tournament as part of a four-player team got off to a rocky start with a six-end 9-2 loss to Sweden’s Isabella Wrana on Tuesday at the Grand Slam of Curling’s season-ending Players’ Championship.

Winnipeg’s Jones, who started with the hammer, scored twice in the first end before Wrana scored the next nine points, capping the match with a four-point sixth end.

Jones announced earlier this season that she is stepping away from the four-player game, ending a career that includes six national championships, two world titles, an Olympic gold medal and 17 Grand Slam victories.

The opening draw featured several lopsided matches. Scotland’s Bruce Mouat blanked Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 9-0 and Ross Whyte beat James Craik 6-1 in an all-Scottish showdown.

Kim Eunjung of South Korea scored two points in the eighth for a 4-3 win over Switzerland’s Xenia Schwaller in the lone competitive result.

Two more draws were scheduled for Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 9, 2024.

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