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Switzerland downs Canada in world mixed doubles curling

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The Canadian Press
4/14/2013 6:10:44 PM
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FREDERICTON -- Cathy King's rink from St. Albert, Alta., has an easy time of it Sunday at the world senior curling championship.

King improved to 2-0 in the senior women's standings with a lopsided 21-1 victory over Russia's Liudmila Murova (0-2).

The Canadian team, which consists of King, third Carolyn Morris, second Lesley McEwen, lead Doreen Gares, alternate Christine Jurgenson and coach Bill Tschirhart, opened with four in the first. Then the squad added steals of five in the next two ends.

At that point, Gare came out of the game, allowing Jurgenson, who skipped Canada to victory at the 2011 world event in St. Paul, Minn., to play the final three ends. The Canadians are tied for first in their pool with Austria's Veronika Huber.

"It was a little bizarre, just something we're not used to in Canada, right?" said King. "Unfortunately they don't have a lot of strategy and that's what happens.

"We're just trying to make our shots and unfortunately they had a tough time making theirs."

Canada's next game is Monday against Japan's Mikiko Tsuchiya (1-1).

"We were a little better this game, so that makes us happy," said King. "We got a better feel for the weight, which was definitely different than the first game, so that helps.

"I'm hoping that every game that we can start feeling a little better as it gets closer to the playoffs."

In the senior men's event, Rob Armitage of Red Deer, Alta., improved to 3-0 with a 7-3 triumph over England's Michael Sutherland (1-2). The Canadian team -- featuring third Keith Glover, second Randy Ponich, lead Wilf Edgar, alternate Lyle Treiber and coached by Tschirhart -- recorded three in the second and sixth ends on open draws by Armitage.

"So far, so good," said Glover. "We just hope to get onto the ice, keep making some shots and get rolling through the rest of the week."

On Monday, Canada faces Australia's Hugh Millikin, who won the 1986 Canadian mixed championship in Kamloops, B.C., representing Ontario.

Canada, Australia and Sweden's Karl Nordlund are all unbeaten in their round-robin pool with 3-0 records.

In mixed doubles play, Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Neron of Saguenay, Que., suffered their first loss, dropping a 12-5 decision to defending world champions Martin Rios and Nadine Lehmann of Switzerland (2-0).

Canada opened the first with two and forced the Swiss to one in the second. But in the third, Desjardins missed on a double-takeout attempt that led to a steal of three for Switzerland when Neron was heavy on her last-rock draw.

Switzerland stole three more in the fourth and four in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

"The third end, I have a double that I can make nine times out of 10," said Desjardins. "If I flashed, it wouldn't have been as bad.

"But I ticked, didn't move them out and took out our own and ended up giving them a big end out of nowhere. But that's curling. You have to make those shots."

Canada faced Spain's Sergio Vez and Irantzu Garcia (1-1) later Sunday.

The mixed doubles event is being staged jointly with the 2013 world senior championship.

Curling (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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