Gina Aitken grabs her first win at World Curling champs

Edinburgh's Gina Aitken and Naomi Brown are off the mark, below
Edinburgh's Gina Aitken and Naomi Brown are off the mark, below
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Murrayfield’s Gina Aitken benefited from Christine Svensen’s final-stone blunder to grab her first win at the World Junior Curling Championships in Flims, Switzerland.

Aitken had earlier lost 10-7 to Korea’s Kyeong-Ae Kim and looked to be heading for another round robin defeat when she trailed Danish skip Svensen 4-1 and 7-5. Even when the Edinburgh player levelled at the penultimate end, Svensen still held the advantage, only to fall short with her final delivery to hand Aitken an 8-7 victory.

“What a relief to get a win on the board,” she said. “We made a few more important shots and we gave it everything in the last end.”

Aitken did well to take her opening match with Kim to an extra end after the Korean scored four at the sixth end to lead 7-4.

Korean women’s skip, Kyeong-Ae Kim, said: “It is our first time at the World Junior Championships and we are not as relaxed as we would like to be. So that was a problem. I believe our next game will be much better. I felt a little nervous as there are so many teams of a high level here.”

Extra ends were required in two other games of the opening women’s session. Canada defeated the Czech Republic by 7-6 with a single steal in the extra end, while Switzerland beat USA by 7-6.

Sweden, who beat Denmark by 6-5; and Russia, victorious over Italy by 9-5, were the other winners in the women’s opening session.

Aitken was set for back-to-back games today against Sweden and defending champions Russia.