Fleury upsets No. 1 Einarson in all-Canadian battle at Tour Challenge

Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L., earned a 7-3 win over Sweden's Niklas Edin on Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 at the Tour Challenge, the second stop on the Grand Slam of Curling.

Jones downs Homan, Jacobs tops Gunnlaugson in other Canadian action

Manitoba skip Tracy Fleury, seen above at the 2019 Scotties, stunned world No. 1 Kerri Einarson with a 4-2 victory at the Tour Challenge on Thursday in New Glasgow, N.S. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Tracy Fleury defeated Kerri Einarson 4-2 in a battle of Canadian teams Thursday afternoon at the Grand Slam of Curling's Tour Challenge.

Einarson, the world No. 1 from Winnipeg, scored a deuce in the fourth end but was held off the scoreboard in every other end. Fleury, from East St. Paul, Man., stole a single in the seventh and ran Einarson out of rocks in the eighth end.

In other Draw 7 round-robin games, Robyn Silvernagle of North Battleford, Sask., defeated Switzerland's Elena Stern 6-4, Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque edged Japan's Sayaka Yoshimura 6-5 and Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni beat Sweden's Anna Hasselborg 8-1.

Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., topped Winnipeg's Jason Gunnlaugson 6-3 in both skips' first game of the day. Jacobs then defeated Switzerland's Yannick Schwaller 6-3 while Gunnlaugson defeated Regina's Matt Dunstone 7-2.

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones downed Rachel Homan of Ottawa 10-4 in women's action in the late draw. Rocque dropped an 8-6 decision to Satsuki Fujisawa Thursday night while Tirinzoni downed Team Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., 9-1.

The top eight teams in each Tier 1 bracket will advance to the weekend playoffs. The event also includes Tier 2 brackets featuring lower-ranked rinks and some regional teams.


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