Eve’s curlers tie ri­vals up in knots

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EVE Muir­head has put the fright­en­ers on her curl­ing ri­vals af­ter open­ing her Pyeongchang cam­paign with a crush­ing 10-3 vic­tory over the Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia.

Great Bri­tain, look­ing to erase the mem­ory of their semi-fi­nal heart­break in Sochi four years ago wrapped up vic­tory in the sev­enth end af­ter a light­ning start which saw them cruise into a 6-1 lead.

And Rus­sian skip Vic­to­ria Moiseeva was in no doubts that Muir­head’s fa­mously steely-eyed de­meanour is a fac­tor in the way the 27-year-old Scot has emerged as one of the most suc­cess­ful names on the global curl­ing cir­cuit.

Moiseeva said: “We’ve played a lot of times against her (Muir­head) and we know that face – she al­ways has it on the ice.”

Great Bri­tain’s men’s team, led by Kyle Smith, ex­pe­ri­enced mixed for­tunes on their Olympic de­but, squeez­ing past Switzer­land 6-5 be­fore go­ing down 6-4 to gold medal favourites Canada in the evening match.

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