Road To The Olympic Games

Team World sweeps opening day at Continental Cup

Sweden's Anna Hasselborg downed Canada's Rachel Homan 8-3 on Thursday night as Team World swept the women's evening draws to take a 9-0 lead on Day 1 of the tournament.

Team North America loses 9 games on Day 1

David Murdoch is looking to lead Team World to a Continental Cup for the first time since 2012. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Team North America has some serious ground to make up after only one day of play at the Continental Cup.

Sweden's Anna Hasselborg downed Canada's Rachel Homan 8-3 on Thursday night as Team World swept the women's evening draws to take a 9-0 lead on Day 1 of the tournament.

Canadian Jennifer Jones fell 5-3 to Scotland's Eve Muirhead and Switzerland's Syvlia Tirinzoni toppled American Jamie Sinclair 6-5 after Team World already swept mixed doubles earlier in the day.

"Our guys have delivered, they're making a lot of shots and that's all we can ask of them, really," Team World captain David Murdoch said after afternoon play. "We said to them to keep the momentum going. We're in a good place and we feel confident."

Team World won the first three morning mixed doubles matchups and took three more points in the afternoon draw in a race to the 30.5 points needed to win the competition, which involves several different disciplines.

In the afternoon, Sweden's Agnes Knochenhauer and Rasmus Wrana earned an 8-3 win over Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and Geoff Walker. The U.S. tandem of Monica Walker and John Shuster fell 6-4 against another Swedish duo, Anna Hasselborg and Oskar Eriksson. And Alina Patz and Sven Michel of Switzerland beat Canadians Jones and Mark Nichols 8-4.

"You never want to be behind the 8-ball," said Shuster after his defeat. "So yeah, there's concern."

In the day's opening draw, Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat of Scotland crushed Canada's Homan and Kevin Koe 12-3.

Koe said he was bothered by a knee injury.

"I just tweaked my knee a little bit," he said. "It was giving me a bit of a problem. It will be fine."

Scotland's Vicki Chalmers and Hammy McMillan cruised to a 9-3 victory over Canada's Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant, while Switzerland's Esther Neuenschwander and Peter de Cruz beat Canadians Lisa Weagle and Brad Gushue 10-7.

Team World is looking to win the annual event for the first time since 2012.

Day 2 goes Friday and will feature two more mixed doubles draws and men's singles.

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