Muirhead makes Olympic semis - but Canada lie in wait

17 February 2014 / 19:19

Eve Muirhead did her best to accentuate the positives despite a lapse in concentration making her path to Olympic curling gold a little trickier.

Muirhead and her world champion rink of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton looked to be cruising to victory in their final round robin match with Denmark.

But they surrendered a three-point lead in the final end and then saw their rivals better them again in the extra time to win 8-7.

And that means Team GB will now play unbeaten Canada - whose skip Jennifer Jones is on red-hot form - rather than European champions Sweden in Wednesday's semi-finals.

"If you'd offered us a semi-final place ten days ago we would have grabbed it with both hands. Eve is pretty battle hardened, she can handle the big occasion," insisted team coach David Hay.

"If you want to win the gold medal you've got to beat Canada at some point, though perhaps a big game is coming earlier than she hoped for.

"We had a shot to beat them in the round robin and we didn't quite make it. We just need to bring our best game."

Muirhead insists her rink will rise to the occasion when it matters and has the resume to back up her fighting talk.

But Jones has hardly put a foot wrong in recent days and is the first women skip to go through the round robin stage at the Olympics unbeaten.

"We play Jennifer a lot on tour and it's always a close game against her. I know the whole of Britain is behind us and hopefully we can do them proud," said Muirhead, who narrowly lost to Jones in the round-robin stages but beat her 12-2 in their previous encounter at the Continental Cup in Las Vegas.

"It's my first Olympic semi-final and Jennifer has never been to an Olympic Games. There is a lot riding on it but we'll relax and enjoy it and try to not get too up tight.  It doesn't matter who we play at this stage of the tournament.

"I like playing under pressure, I'm a super competitive person and I like this stage and, at past tournaments, these are the matches when we've really stepped up our game.

"After our first couple of games I would have taken a semi-final slot, you can't complain about the semi-finals of the Olympics.

"We came out here to make the top four and we're super happy. We didn't finish the game against Denmark the way we would have liked but we'll move on."

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