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Rachel Homan escapes with win in 1st match of Tour Challenge

Ottawa's Rachel Homan scored a deuce in the eighth end to slip past Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque 7-6 on Tuesday in the first draw of the Tour Challenge.

Grand Slam of Curling event underway in New Glasgow, N.S.

Ottawa's Rachel Homan, seen above at the Scotties last season, defeated Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque 7-6 in Draw 1 at the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in New Glasgow, N.S., on Tuesday. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Ottawa's Rachel Homan scored a deuce in the eighth end to slip past Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque 7-6 on Tuesday in the first draw of the Tour Challenge.

Homan scored four in the fourth end to take a 5-2 lead in her first match of the Grand Slam of Curling event.

Rocque answered back with three in the fifth and a single in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. After a scoreless seventh end Homan made her deuce for the win.

In the other women's match of the day, Sayaka Yoshimura and Satsuki Fujisawa, both from Japan, played to a 5-5 draw.

On the men's side, John Shuster of the United States downed Scotland's Bruce Mouat 7-5 and Brad Gushue of St. John's N.L. topped Scott McDonald of Kingston, Ont. 6-4.

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