SECOND EMPHATIC WIN FOR SCOTS AT WORLD MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPS
Gina Aitken has expressed satisfaction at the way she and Scott Andrews have focused on maintaining their standards after a second successive comfortable win at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Norway.
Representing Scotland at the event for the fifth time while her partner, an Olympic silver and three-time World Championship medallist in the men’s game, is making his debut at this level in this discipline, Aitken acknowledged that the format at this 48-team competition brought a different type of challenge, but feels they are coping well so far after following a 14-1 defeat of Belgium on the opening day, with a 15-4 win over Mexico.
“One of the toughest parts of playing mixed doubles in the format that it’s in just now, is that you get a few games in which you’re not challenged as much and then you’ve got to be able to switch it on for the big games,” she explained.
“That’s a mental challenge, but you’ve just got to go in, try your best and even in the games where you think you’d be more comfortable you have to try to keep your standards as high as possible and not get complacent in any way.”
Convincing as their win was in the end, Andrews tipped the Mexican pair of Adriana Camarena Osorno and Rami Cohen Masri to cause problems to some of the more fancied teams.
“They played away and made a lot of shots. They got a couple in the four foot and then we missed a couple and then they were getting steals, so they’re definitely going to upset a couple of teams,” he observed.
Starting with the hammer, the Scots had conceded a steal of two at the opening end, but the first of two fives at the next put them in control and Andrews was pleased with the way they responded to that early setback.
“We’re making a lot of draws out there which is good and it’s important that we keep priding ourselves on what we’re doing well and taking that forward later on in the week.”
Scotland play Lithuania later today.
Team Scotland Results:
Scotland v Belgium 14-1
Scotland v Mexico 15-4
Scotland v Lithuania
Scotland v Slovakia
Team Scotland’s final round robin game v hosts Norway on Thursday 25 April will be broadcast on World Curling TV
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