Heather Nedohin tops world champ Alina Paetz 8-6 at The Players’ Championship

TORONTO — Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin scored two in an extra end for an 8-6 victory over world champion Alina Paetz of Switzerland on Friday morning at The Players’ Championship.

Nedohin improved to 2-2 while Paetz fell to 3-1 after 10 draws of pool play at the final Grand Slam of Curling event of the season.

In other early action at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, Scotland’s Eve Muirhead dumped Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher 11-3 and Russia’s Anna Sidorova beat Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones 8-7 in an extra end.

Edmonton’s Val Sweeting also needed an extra end for a 5-4 victory over Winnipeg’s Kristy McDonald.

Sweeting moved into sole possession of first place at 4-1 with the win. Paetz, Muirhead, Ottawa’s Rachel Homan and Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont., were next at 3-1.

There are 12 teams entered in the men’s and women’s draws. Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen (4-0) and John Epping of Toronto (3-0) were the lone unbeaten rinks on the men’s side entering early afternoon play.

The playoffs begin Saturday and the finals will be held Sunday.

The Canadian Press

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