Great Britain women open Olympic competition with a strong win

  • Great Britain's Eve Muirhead Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Great Britain - bronze medallists from the 2014 Sochi Games - opened their Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 competition with a 10-3 win in seven ends over the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team.

Other winners were Japan, with a 10-5 victory over United States; Sweden (the silver medal nation from Sochi), who beat Denmark by 9-3; and China, who had a 7-2 win over Switzerland. Defending gold medallists Canada and hosts Korea sat out this session.

The British team scored three points in the first end when skip Eve Muirhead drew her final stone into the house. Britain followed that up with a score of two points in the third end, a single point steal in the fourth end, and a score of four more points in the seventh end, and this performance was enough to persuade the OAR team, skipped by 2016 European champion Victoria Moiseeva, to concede.

In another strong performance, Japan found themselves 7-0 up after three ends against United States. United States then fought back, scoring three points in the sixth end when skip Nina Roth tapped out a Japan stone to leave three of her own counting. But by this time, the Americans had left themselves too much to do, and when Japan had a single-point steal in the ninth end for 10-5, the United States team conceded.

Sweden were too strong for Denmark, with their skip Anna Hasselborg producing a hit and stay on a Danish stone to score two points in the fifth end to take a 5-1 lead into the half-time break. The Swedes then stole a further two points in the sixth end for a 7-1 lead on the way to their 9-3 win.

In the fourth game of the session, China faced Switzerland and after the Swiss opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, China took the lead with two points in the second end, with an umpire's measure denying them a third point from the end.

China then had single point steals in each of the third and fourth ends for a 4-1 lead. A further score of three points in the eighth end, followed by a Swiss concession, was enough to give them a 7-2 win.

The women's second session of round-robin play takes place on Thursday morning at 09:05 Korean Standard Time (KST).

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Women session one results: Japan 10-5 United States; Olympic Athlete from Russia 3-10 Great Britain; Denmark 3-9 Sweden; Switzerland 2-7 China.

Standings after women session one (win-loss):

China 1-0
Great Britain 1-0
Japan 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Canada 0-0
Korea 0-0
Denmark 0-1
Olympic Athlete from Russia 0-1
Switzerland 0-1
United States 0-1

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