Road To The Olympic Games

Jennifer Jones continues strong start at Players' Championship

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones maintained her strong start at the Players' Championship while Ottawa's Rachel Homan continued to stumble.

Rachel Homan winless through 4 games

Canada skip Jennifer Jones, pictured at the women's world championship last month, beat Edmonton's Team Roque to improve to 4-0 at the Players' Championship in Toronto on Thursday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones maintained her strong start at the Players' Championship while Ottawa's Rachel Homan continued to stumble.

Jones, the Pool A leader and reigning world champion, downed Homan 8-4 on Thursday in the second women's draw of the day to improve to 4-0 at the Grand Slam of Curling tournament. Homan is winless through four games.

Jones started her day with an 8-7 victory over Edmonton's Team Rocque skipped by Laura Crocker.

Anna Hasselborg of Sweden stayed undefeated at 3-0 in Pool B with a 6-2 win over Silvana Tirizoni in the late afternoon draw.

In other women's action, Eve Muirhead of Scotland doubled up Team Rocque 8-4, American Nina Roth defeated EunJung Kim of South Korea 6-3 and Winnipeg's Kerri Einarson beat Chelsea Carey of Calgary 7-4.

Muirhead is second behind Jones in Pool A with a 3-1 record while Team Rocque and Roth are 2-2. Kim is 1-3 followed by Homan.

American Jamie Sinclair is second in Pool A at 2-1. Carey, Einarson, Tirinzoni and Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa are tied at 1-2.

Koe still undefeated

On the men's side, Calgary's Kevin Koe (3-0) stayed undefeated, rallying with a four-point eighth end in an 8-5 win over American John Shuster in the late draw.

Shuster (1-2) began his day with a 7-2 loss to Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L., in the afternoon. Gushue (3-1) beat Toronto's John Epping 5-4 in the evening, scoring a single in the eighth for the victory.

In other evening action, Winnipeg's Jason Gunnlaugson doubled up Scotland's Bruce Mouat 8-4, Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg downed Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher 9-4, and Mike McEwen, also from Winnipeg, defeated Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 5-2.

Jacobs fell to 1-3 in Pool A with the loss. Epping is last in Pool B at 1-3.

Sweden's Niklas Edin is tied for the Pool-A lead with Scotland's Kyle Smith at 2-1. Gunnlaugson, McEwen and Mouat are all 2-2.

Bottcher, Carruthers and Shuster are 1-2 in Pool B.

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