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Sturmay tops Campbell to earn first win at Co-op Canadian Open

RED DEER, Alta. — Edmonton’s Team Selena Sturmay scored their first win of the Co-op Canadian Open with a 6-1 victory over Winnipeg’s Team Jolene Campbell during Draw 9 on Thursday morning at Servus Arena.

Both teams entered the match with 0-2 records and needed the win to avoid early elimination from playoff contention.

Sturmay settled for one point in the third end but was able to build a 2-0 lead thanks to a steal in the fourth. The teams alternated singles in five and six, and Sturmay stole again in the seven, swiping three this time, to ice the game.

Team Sturmay received a late invitation to compete in their first Grand Slam of Curling major tournament after Italy’s Team Stefania Constantini withdrew due to medical reasons.

Elsewhere in Draw 9, Switzerland’s Team Silvana Tirinzoni sprinted past Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa 7-1 to remain undefeated at 3-0 and qualify for the playoffs. Tirinzoni scored four in the second, one in the fourth and stole two in the fifth to put the game out of reach early. Fujisawa (2-1) was forced to a single in the third.

Team Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., also climbed to a 3-0 mark and secured a berth for the quarterfinals with a 7-4 win over Team Tabitha Peterson (1-2) from the United States.

Peterson opened with the hammer but was forced to a single in the first. Einarson took control scoring three in the second and stealing one in the third.

After Peterson took two back in the fourth to close within one, the teams alternated singles in the fifth and sixth, and Einarson added insurance with a deuce in the seventh.

Team Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg improved to a 2-1 record with a 12-5 rout over Scotland’s Team Rebecca Morrison (0-3). Jones broke a 5-all tie with a four-ender in the sixth then stole three in the seventh.



The Co-op Canadian Open continues with Draw 10 at 2 p.m. ET / Noon MT.


The Co-op Canadian Open is the fourth event of the Grand Slam of Curling season featuring 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from around the world. … Round-robin play runs through to Friday evening with the best eight teams in both divisions advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals. If necessary, a tiebreaker round will be played Saturday morning to determine the final playoff berths. … The semifinals are also on tap Saturday with both finals scheduled for Sunday.