Day 1 Roundup

2012 bronze medallists, Czech Republic, made a winning start to the Championship Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Hungary started the defence of their title with a 9-2 win over Belarus, who were making their first appearance in this event, in the opening session of round-robin play at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2014 being held in the Dumfries Ice Bowl in Scotland.

Other A Group winners were Korea, who beat Italy by 8-3; Russia, who had an extra end 9-8 win over Denmark and Wales, who beat Austria by 9-7.

In the A Group's second session of round-robin play later in the day, Korea had a second win, beating Belarus by 8-5.

Wales also recorded their second victory, with an 8-5 win over Italy as did Hungary, beating Denmark by 7-6.

In their first appearance of the event this year, England went down to an extra end 6-7 defeat to Russia, who also recorded their second win.

Later, in the opening round-robin session for the B Group, Kazakhstan celebrated their first-ever appearance at this level with a 9-3 win over Slovenia.

Other B Group winners were Sweden (7-6 over Canada); hosts Scotland (8-4 over Latvia) and Finland (6-5 over Estonia).

In the C Group, Czech Republic opened with a 14-2 win over Romania while Japan beat Slovakia by 5-4.

Switzerland had a 9-2 victory over Australia, while Poland, with just one second left on their time-clock, beat the Netherlands by 5-4.

In the opening three games of D Group, USA recorded a 10-2 win over Germany, France came from behind to beat New Zealand by 9-3 and China were 9-4 victors over Ireland. Later in the day Norway went on to beat Spain by 8-6.

They said it:

Ekaterina Kirillova - Belarus (lost to Hungary): “This is our first time playing in the World Mixed Doubles Championship. We’re not too concerned about where we finish - it’s all about gaining experience against some of the best teams in this particular discipline."

Adrian Meikle - Wales (beat Austria by 9-7): "It was a bit of a shocker giving up four in the seventh end. Thankfully we had the hammer and lots of stones in the back of the house (in the eighth end), so we had the opportunity to play for the win."

Alexsandr Orlov - Kazakhstan (beat Slovenia by 9-3): "This is fantastic. We were hoping to start like this. Mixed Doubles is something different, it depends on both players."

Joyance Meechai - USA (beat Germany by 10-2): "It is very comfortable here: the ice is smooth, the German team was very friendly. This is our first Mixed Doubles World Championship and it is a big deal for us to be here."

Michelle Gribi - Switzerland (beat Australia by 9-2): “We feel pretty good. I was quite nervous before the game so I’m happy we got the win."

More quotes are available here: http://wmdcc2014.worldcurling.net/day-1-athlete-reaction

STANDINGS (after four sessions)

A Group:
1. Hungary 2-0
1. Korea 2-0
1. Russia 2-0
1. Wales 2-0
5. Austria 0-1
5. England 0-1
7. Belarus 0-2
7. Denmark 0-2
7. Italy 0-2

B Group:
1. Finland 1-0
1. Kazakhstan 1-0
1. Scotland 1-0
1. Sweden 1-0
5. Brazil 0-0
6. Canada 0-1
6. Estonia 0-1
6. Latvia 0-1
6. Slovenia 0-1

C Group:
1. Czech Republic 1-0
1. Japan 1-0
1. Poland 1-0
1. Switzerland 1-0
5. Australia 0-1
5. Netherlands 0-1
5. Romania 0-1
5. Slovakia 0-1

D Group:
1. China 1-0
1. France 1-0
1. Norway 1-0
1. USA 1-0
5. Germany 0-1
5. Ireland 0-1
5. New Zealand 0-1
5. Spain 0-1

Curling fans around the world will also be able to see a number of live games and selected highlights from the 2014 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

At the same time as staging the World Mixed Doubles Championship, the Dumfries Ice Bowl will also act as host to the Men's and Women's World Senior Curling Championships. More information about that event can be found here: http://wscc2014.worldcurling.net

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