LETHBRIDGE - After winning the European championship in December, Scotland’s Eve Muirhead admitted she feels like she has a huge target on her back.
Muirhead escaped with an 8-7 win over Anna Sidorva, of Russia, in her opening-round game at the women’s worlds.
“We played great out there and that was our goal for our first game was to play strong,” said Muirhead. “Our other tournaments this year we’ve started out slowly and got better and better. We wanted to come out and play strong from the start and I think we did that.”
Muirhead roared back from an early two-rock deficit and after stealing a pair in the eighth was up 7-3. But a couple of miscues the next end allowed Sidorova to even the score.
“Probably two or three slack shots cost us,” said Muirhead. “Even the Russians played great. As soon as we made those lot of mistakes, they capitalized and came back in that one bad end in nine, giving up three was not ideal.
“If I got a double on my last one, we would have been one up with. It’s just one of those ends. We were lucky to be three up that end.”
Muirhead won the game when Sidorova was unable to nudge back Muirhead’s shot rock on the button.
“It feels great to beat a good team,” said Muirhead. “We did well at the Europeans and when you come into an event like this, you always have a huge target on your back.”
Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic also won their openers.
There’s no question the win was a relief for Canadian-born German skip Melanie Robillard.
“That’s an understatement,” said Robillard, subbing in for Andrea Schoepp. “I’m really happy it’s over and I’m really happy we won. It’s been pretty stressful. I’m trying to keep calm but I was actually really nervous when I started that game.
“The fact I don’t have to throw last rocks helps a lot.”