Eve Muirhead held her hands up as Scotland fell to a second successive defeat at the European Curling Championships in Switzerland but she’s vowed not to dwell on her mistake.
Having seen her three-match winning run come to an end to Russian Anna Sidorova the night before, Muirhead met Estonian Maile Moelder in a bid to get back on track.
And, while the 8-2 defeat to Sidorova was one-sided, the clash with Moelder was a far tighter affair with the Estonian rink emerging 9-8 winners after an extra end in Switzerland.
Muirhead saw her Scottish rink take an 8-5 lead into the tenth but a complete miss by the Olympic bronze-medal winning skip opened the door for Estonia to pull level.
Moelder drew her final stone into the house to score three to make it 8-8 and force an extra end and Muirhead was light with her final draw to the four foot ring and Estonia triumphed 9-8.
It was Moelder’s first victory of the Europeans with Muirhead now sixth in the round-robin standings while Sidorova remains unbeaten after recording a sixth win from six against Germany.
German skip Andrea Schopp is Scotland’s next opponent and is level on the same record of three wins and three defeats and, while despondent with the loss, Muirhead will quickly move on.
“We had a really bad tenth end and we had the four foot to win in the extra. As skip you’re supposed to make that kind of shot and I didn’t make it there,” said Muirhead.
“We know we’re going to have to step it up later and we’re going to do that. We’re not getting too hung up on it – we’re still in it.”
Meanwhile in the men’s draw Scottish skip David Edwards returned to winning ways with a 6-5 defeat of Czech Republic while Sweden’s Niklas Edin remains perfect with a sixth win over Russia.
Edwards, like Muirhead, is also on three wins and three defeats but so are three other rinks while Italy and Norway sit behind Sweden and Edin with a record of four and two.
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