June 19th, 2024

Homan continues to roll at Players’ Championship with 7-1 rout of Hasselborg

By The Canadian Press on April 10, 2024.

Manitoba-Carruthers skip Brad Jacobs, right, delivers a rock as second Derek Samagalski, back left, and lead Connor Njegovan, front left, sweep while playing Team Manitoba-Dunstone during the playoffs at the Brier, in Regina, on Friday, March 8, 2024. Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs bounced back from lopsided tournament-opening losses with victories in Wednesday's early draw at the Grand Slam of Curling's Players' Championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

TORONTO – Rachel Homan’s Ottawa rink continued its run of exceptional play Wednesday with a 7-1 win over Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg at the Grand Slam of Curling Players’ Championship.

Homan needed just four ends to complete the victory, scoring three in the first and the fourth along with a steal of one in the second before Hasselborg conceded.

Homan, who won Canada’s first women’s world curling title since 2018 last month, improved her record to 2-0 at the final Grand Slam stop of the season. Hasselborg fell to 1-1.

In other Draw 6 results, men’s world champion Niklas Edin of Sweden improved to 1-1 with a 7-2 win over Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher (0-2). Edin did most of his damage late, scoring three in the sixth and stealing three in the seventh.

South Korea’s Gim Eun-ji improved to 2-0 with an 8-7 win over Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes (0-2), and Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen also remained unbeaten at 2-0 with a 6-1 win over Ross Whyte (1-1).

An evening draw was scheduled for later Wednesday.

Earlier, Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs bounced back from lopsided tournament-opening losses with victories in Wednesday’s early draw.

Winnipeg’s Jones, who was defeated 9-2 by Sweden’s Isabella Wrana in Tuesday’s tournament-opening draw, scored one in the seventh end and stole two in the eighth for an 8-5 win over Italy’s Stefania Constantini.

Jacobs, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., scored two in the eighth end in a 6-5 win over Calgary’s Kevin Koe. He was at the wrong end of a rare curling shutout on Tuesday, losing 9-0 to Scotland’s Bruce Mouat.

The season-ending Players’ Championship will be the last Grand Slam event for Jones, who says she will retire from four-player curling.

Jones has won 17 Grand Slam titles along with six Canadian titles, two world championships and an Olympic gold medal over her career.

In other Draw 4 action, Switzerland’s Xenia Schwaller (1-1) posted a 6-4 win over Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., (0-2) and Scotland’s James Craik (1-1) scored one in an extra end for a 7-6 win over Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller (1-1).

In the day’s second draw, Mouat improved to 2-0 with an 8-5 win over Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L.

Mouat cemented the victory with four in the eighth end and got a measure of revenge on Gushue, who defeated the Scotsman in the round robin and the semifinals en route to claiming the silver medal at last week’s men’s world championship.

Wrana and Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni also improved to 2-0. Wrana posted an 8-3 win over Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa (0-2) while Tirinzoni downed South Korea’s Kim Eunjung 6-4.

Winnipeg’s Matt Dunstone evened his record at 1-1 with a 7-4 win over Italy’s Joel Retornaz (0-2).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2024.

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