Scotland's Eve Muirhead stole three points in the seventh end to defeat Ottawa's Rachel Homan 7-3 in first-round action Tuesday at the GP Car and Home Players' Championship at the Crystal Centre in Grand Prairie, Alta.
The fourth and final championship in the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series features 16 women's and 16 men's teams battling for the Players' Championship trophies, $100,000 in prize money for each division, and another $170,000 for the Capital One Cup.
Homan drops into the B-side of the triple-knockout competition and faces the team that beat her in the 2010 world junior final, skipped by Anna Hasselborg of Sweden. Hasselborg stole the 10th end from Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones earlier on Tuesday before falling 7-5 in an extra-end.
In other key first-round matchups, Calgary's Cheryl Bernard kicked off her Olympic team's final tournament with a 7-4 victory over Winnipeg's Cathy Overton-Clapham while city rival Shannon Kleibrink, who won Olympic bronze in 2006, whipped Grande Prairie's Desiree Owen by a 7-1 count.
Switzerland's Mirjam Ott, who has turned fourth stone responsibilities over to teammate Carmen Shaefer, battered Edmonton's Jessie Kaufman 9-2. Shaefer fired an 87 shooting percentage to Kaufman's 73 per cent.
In the first two men's matches, Regina's Pat Simmons edged Edmonton's Rob Schlender 7-6 while Sweden's Niklas Edin, fresh from his squad's bronze-medal performance at the world championship last weekend, stole a 6-5 victory over Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.