Canada's Einarson opens women's curling worlds with win over host Sweden

Canada's Kerri Einarson stole her way to victory to open the women's world curling championship. Einarson defeated the host Swedes 9-4 in Sandviken on Saturday.

4-time Canadian champion to face United States, Norway on Sunday

A female curler leans down above the ice, directing her teammates.
Canada's Kerri Einarson in action on Saturday during a 9-4 win over Sweden in the round robin of the women's world curling championship in Sandviken, Sweden. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency via The Associated Press)

Canada's Kerri Einarson stole her way to victory to open the women's world curling championship.

Einarson defeated the host Swedes 9-4 in Sandviken on Saturday.

Trailing 4-3 heading into the ninth end, Canada stole two to take the lead. Einarson executed a tricky double takeout in the 10th to force Swedish skip Anna Hasselborg to draw against multiple Canadian stones.

Hasselborg was light to give up a steal of four and Canada secured the win.

WATCH | Einarson leads Canada past Sweden at women's worlds:

Canada's Einarson beats Sweden's Hasselborg in opener at curling worlds

14 days ago
Duration 1:41
After stealing two points in the ninth end to take the lead, Canada's Kerri Einarson steals four more in the tenth for a 9-4 win over Sweden's Anna Hasselborg in their opening game at the women's world curling championship.

"It's really crucial. The fans were totally on their side, but I just went with it. I sang with the crowd in my head because it was very catchy," Einarson said. "We always want to start an event with a win and we're in good shape right now."

Both skips struggled with draw weight late in the game as the ice surface in Sandviken's Goransson Arena appeared to warm.

WATCH | Einarson talks worlds on CBC Sports' 'That Curling Show':

That Curling Show: Kerri Einarson ready to take on the curling world in Sweden

1 month ago
Duration 6:37
Fresh off her fourth straight Scotties title, the skip joins That Curling Show to talk about what makes her team so dominant, having her kids be able to watch the final and how she's prepping for worlds.

In the early going, Einarson took a 1-0 lead following the first end.

Hasselborg answered with a point in each of the next two ends but after a scoreless fourth end, Einarson knotted the contest in the fifth.

After a scoreless sixth, Hasselborg took a 4-2 edge in the seventh before Einarson cut the deficit to one.

Einarson, who edged Hasselborg for the bronze medal last year in Prince George, B.C., takes on the United States and Norway on Sunday in the 13-country tournament.

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