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Britain's curling teams endure a mixed day in Vancouver

Eve Muirhead

GB shock curling world champions China

The British women's curling team enjoyed mixed fortunes on the opening day of their Olympic campaign.

Eve Muirhead's team defeated world champions China 5-4 in their opening round robin encounter, but later lost 6-4 to defending champions Sweden.

Britain came from 4-1 down to trail 4-5 going into the final end, but Sweden made use of the final stone to win.

The men led by David Murdoch, bounced back from their opening defeat, by beating France 9-4.

It was a solid performance by the men, who lost 6-4 to European champions Sweden on Wednesday.

They scored one point in the first end and picked up three more in the next two ends, despite France having the advantage of sending down the final stone, to open a 4-0 lead as the French struggled to find good weight on their draw shots.

But Murdoch's quartet were unable to shut the game out and France responded with a double and two singles to move within two at 4-6 down.

David Murdoch

GB men's curlers back on track

However, when France fell short with their final stone in the ninth end to hand Britain two shots, they conceded the match.

The women took a two-point lead after an error by the Chinese skip in the fifth end of their opening game in the morning.

But China squared it at 4-4 in the last to take the match into a decider, but Muirhead kept her nerve to clinch a 5-4 win on the last stone of the first extra end.

Skip Muirhead, 19, is looking to emulate the Olympic success of Rhona Martin who led the team to gold in Salt Lake City in 2002.

And after getting off to the perfect start, a happy Muirhead said: "It was crucial for us to get off to a strong start, because if you don't these games can come back to haunt you at the end of the week so I am delighted with that and can move on to Sweden.

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"We were in control from the start and although China got a two in the 10th end which brought them back into the game we knew we were going into the extra end with hammer."

Muirhead said she was impressed with the atmosphere at Vancouver Olympic Centre adding: "The whole place is buzzing. I won here at the World Juniors last year so hopefully we can take every game as it comes and keep winning."

The top four teams after the round robin stage advance to the semi-finals.

For the latest results from the Vancouver 2010 curling competition, check out our curling live page .

Jackie Lockhart

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see also
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Meet GB's women curlers
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David Murdoch's video profile
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Event guide: Curling
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