Rachel Homan loses opener to Scotland at world women's curling championship

Canadian skip Rachel Homan competes at the world women's curling championship in Latvia (Reuters)

Canadian skip Rachel Homan competes at the world women's curling championship in Latvia (Reuters)

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

Rachel Homan's Ottawa Curling Club rink has the resiliency part figured out.

Now, Team Canada has to combine that asset with sharper play at the women's world championship in Riga, Latvia.

In her senior worlds debut, Homan rallied from a 3-0 deficit before falling 6-4 to Scotland's Eve Muirhead Saturday.

The Canadians had an awful trip to Latvia, being stranded in Frankfurt, Germany for more than 24 hours because of a fierce storm. What's more, the TSN broadcast crew even beat the Canadian curlers, who slept on benches at the airport, to Latvia.

The start on the ice also wasn't ideal. Scotland scored two with the hammer in the opening end as Canada struggled with draw weight. Then, Canada gave up a steal of one in the second after a burnt rock on Homan's final stone -- bringing back memories of a similar piece of misfortune in the final of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts against Jennifer Jones.


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