Canada’s Jennifer Jones opened the World Women’s Curling Championship with an 11-5 victory over Czech Anna Kubeskova on Saturday in North Bay, Ont.
Jones, the 2008 world champion, scored four in the first end and stole two more in the second. Kubeskova, however, narrowed the gap by half with three points in the third end.
Kubeskova’s stone ran out on a freeze attempt in the fourth end and Jones scored four points to put the match out of reach.
The meeting finally ended after the seventh end.
Jones, of Winnipeg, faces Swiss Binia Feltscher in the evening.
Canada is one of the stars of the 13-team tournament, including defending Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden and South Korean silver medalist Kim Eun-jung.
The preliminary phase will continue until next Friday, and the medals will be awarded after the duels of March 25. The four-team playoff format was abolished this year, in favor of a six-team knockout format.
This is Jones’ sixth appearance at the Women’s World Cup, after winning bronze in 2010 and silver in 2015. She also won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Rachel Homan of Ottawa won gold at last year’s Beijing Women’s Worlds. It was Canada’s 16th title since the competition’s inception in 1979.