North Battleford, Sask.-- Casey Scheidegger split her opening draws at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling: Meridian Canadian Open.
The 2017 champion dominated throughout her match with 2018 champion Chelsea Carey in the early draw Wednesday at the Civic Centre.
The all Alberta matchup only lasted six ends after a triple in the second and sixth ends gave Scheidegger a lopsided win.
“We really wanted to get a good feel for the ice,” she said. “We feel really comfortable with that. We’re excited to be here and it was a really good, exciting opening game.
When Scheidegger heard of the Meridian's return to North Battleford, she was excited to get back. Her 2017 win was her debut on the Grand Slam, and she said just being in the city brings back many emotions.
“It has a lot of good memories for us,” she said.
In her late draw against Scottland’s Eve Muirhead, Scheidegger held a 2-0 lead after two ends, but a double from Muirhead in the third and a triple in the sixth solidified a lead the Scottish team would not relinquish.
Scheidegger said the team has a clear focus on what they want as the tournament plays on.
“Stay consistent and enjoy it,” she said. “Make sure we’re doing everything we can to make shots out there.”
With a 1-1 record in the triple knockout tournament, the rink will next see action Thursday at 3 p.m. when they take on Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones, who enters play following a 9-3 upset by Japan’s Satsuki Fujisaw
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