Eurosport - Sun, 28 Mar 09:49:00 2010
Scotland skip Eve Muirhead stunned Canadian rival Jennifer Jones 10-4 to set-up a clash with Germany's Andrea Schoepp in the final of the women's World Curling Championship.
Muirhead and her rink of Kelly Wood, Lorna Vevers and Anne Laird had lost to the hosts - who had been defeated just once in the round-robin stages - just 48 hours earlier but they delivered when it mattered.
Muirhead beat Sweden's Cecilia Ostlund to set up the clash with Canada, whose campaign ran out of steam at the crucial moment.
Jones struggled, shooting a poor 59 per cent, while the 19-year old Muirhead seems to be improving the more the pressure cranks up, securing a 10-4 victory with two ends to spare.
Muirhead will now look for revenge against Schoepp, who beat her 9-6 earlier in the week, while Canada will take on Sweden for a consolation bronze.
"I'm really delighted, that was such a hard game," said Muirhead. "I don't know if it's actually sunk in yet, to be honest. We just had to keep in there, keep calm and it was fantastic to come out with the win.
"I just tried to keep my head in the game and not get distracted. I was so pleased with how we played, when big shots come off it gives you lots of confidence."
Muirhead and her rink stuttered after an encouraging start at last month's Vancouver Olympics, leaving the young skip devastated.
And while both the gold and silver medallists, Sweden's Anette Norberg and Canada's Cheryl Bernard, are absent from the worlds, her performances in Swift Current have double underlined her undoubted potential.
"We were gutted after the Olympics but this is a pretty good consolation prize," she added.
"We have a minimum of a silver medal and now we'll go out and go for gold and hope to give Andrea a good battle.
"She is just so experienced and she has such a fantastic past and won so many medals. It's going to be a good game. We just have to go out and stay focused like we have been."