Corryn Brown is breathing easier after her first win at the world junior curling championships in Sochi, Russia.
The Canadian women's skip and her team from Kamloops, B.C., beat the Czech Republic's Iveta Janatova 9-4 on Monday, stealing one point in the seventh and scoring four in the ninth end to put the game away.
"It wasn't the funnest start to the week, for sure," said Brown about her team's slow start in the round-robin. "But this makes it better. It's definitely nice to get at least one win at the worlds under our belts. But we'll hopefully get a couple more."
After seven draws, Canada sits 1-4 in the standings, tied with Switzerland's Michelle Gribi and Sweden's Sara McManus. Scotland's Hannah Fleming (6-0) remains the only undefeated skip on the women's side, with Denmark's Stephanie Risdal Nielsen and Japan's Sayaka Yoshimura (both at 4-1) close behind.
In men's action, Winnipeg's Matt Dunstone beat Italy's Amos Mosaner 5-4.
Dunstone scored deuces with the hammer in the first and fourth ends, then stole one in the seventh for a 5-1 lead. Mosaner answered with a deuce in the ninth. Facing two Italian counters in the 10th, Dunstone made the take-out, allowing a steal of one but earning the 5-4 win.