Olympic 24: Scotland depart World Championships as Watson progresses

Olympic 24: Scotland depart World Championships as Watson progresses

23 March 2016 / 11:17

There was heartbreak for Eve Muirhead and Scotland as they departed the World Curling Championships but Heather Watson produced a convincing display to reach the third round of the Miami Open. For that and more on British athletes, here’s our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Eve Muirhead's Scotland depart the World Curling Championships with defeat to Canada
  • Heather Watson wins 11 straight games against Sloane Stephens to progress at the Miami Open
  • Victoria Williamson is upbeat as she continues her recovery after a crash which could have paralysed her
  • British Lionhearts will enjoy home advantage in the World Series of Boxing quarter-finals

Muirhead's Scotland depart World Curling Championships


Eve Muirhead admitted Scotland’s exit from the World Curling Championships was hard to take after a 9-4 defeat to hosts Canada saw them depart the competition.

After losing their opening match, Scotland went on an impressive seven-game winning run before sacrificing a 5-1 lead to lose 7-6 to Switzerland on Wednesday and then conceding the contest with Japan at 10-4 the following day.

That set up a winner-takes-all clash with Canada on Thursday night and at the midway point the teams were level at 2-2.

But the breakthrough came in the sixth when a fortunate wick for Canada led Muirhead to go for an ambitious shot which did not come off and it resulted in the hosts taking a 5-2 lead.

Muirhead did pull it back to 5-4 going into the ninth but it was to prove to be the last as Canada’s raised take-out saw them go 9-4 in front and Scotland conceded.

Muirhead said: “It’s hard because we played pretty well at the start of the week and we got a lot of good play going. 

“It’s hard to take that we’re out but we lost the last three games and at major championships you just can’t do that.”

“I guess the Swiss game has come back to bite us, but that’s sport,” she added.

“I missed my last shot in the sixth [against Canada].  It comes down to skip shot and it makes you look a bit of a fool.  You get the glory when you win, but when you lose you get the sack because you don’t make the shots.”

It means the winner of Switzerland and Japan will progress to the final, with the loser going into the semi-final to play the winner of Russia and Canada’s play-off.

Win for Watson at the Miami Open

Heather Watson

Heather Watson was delighted with her performance against American Sloane Stephens as the Brit reached round three of the women's singles at the Miami Open.

The 23-year-old was trailing 3-1 before producing a dominant showing as she won the last 11 games to claim a 6-3 6-0 victory.

Watson will now face Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer, the world’s number 47, in round three of the tournament.

"My game just all clicked together and I started to play really well," said Watson.

"I was being aggressive and not making many errors. She started to make more errors. I'm very happy with how I stayed there."

Later today Johanna Konta will face Danka Kovinic in a bid to reach the third round while Kyle Edmund faces the unenviable task of trying to beat world number one Novak Djokovic.

Horror crash won’t stop Williamson

Victoria WIlliamson
Great Britain’s Victoria Williamson insists the horror crash which almost left her paralysed will not stop her from trying to reach the top.

The 22-year-old fractured her neck, back and pelvis, and suffered a severe flesh wound on her back, following a collision with Netherlands’ Elis Ligtlee at the Rotterdam Six Day event in January.

She is currently continuing her recovery in Manchester and admits she has no recollection of the accident – something she is grateful for.

Williamson told British Cycling: “I remember holding on to the fence, waiting up to go for our ride, but other than that I don't remember anything - nothing really came back.

“I spoke to Ruth (Anderson, Great Britain Cycling Team psychologist) and she said because it’s so far out now, she said she didn’t think anything would come back to me anyway, but I can’t remember anything which I guess is a good thing in a way. It’s not going to put me off in the future.”

You can watch a video interview with Williamson here.

Lionhearts set for home quarter-final

British Lionhearts

The British Lionhearts have been confirmed as the winners of Group B in the World Series of Boxing and will therefore enjoy a home quarter-final.

The news follows a decision by the WSB Board to award a draw for last week's fixture with the Morocco Atlas Lions which had to be cancelled when four members of the Moroccan team were refused visas to enter the UK following an assessment of their application by the Home Office.

The awarding of a draw and two points to both teams means the unbeaten Lionhearts have an unassailable lead in Group B and will finish the regular season top of the table and secure a home fixture in the quarter-finals, regardless of what happens in the final match away to the Mexico Guerreros on Saturday April 2.

The judgement by the WSB Board said: "Given that the reason for the cancellation was outside of the control of both the Morocco Atlas Lions and the British Lionhearts the WSB Board has determined that the match will be deemed a draw."

The Lionhearts' quarter-final will be against the team that finishes second in Group A and means the British team can expect to face the Ukraine Otamans, China Dragons or Cuba Domodores in the last eight. 

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