The Swiss women's team have made a disappointing start to the world curling championships in Lausanne.This content was published on March 31, 2001 - 16:51
Nadja Heuer's side suffered a 9-2 defeat in their opening match against Russia on Saturday. The seven-point margin was the widest in any of the day's five matches.
The Russians opened up a 2-0 lead in the second end, which the Swiss team immediately reduced with a single point in the third end. But the Russian side then took control, winning four points from the next three ends.
With the early stages of the world championships consisting of a round-robin competition, Switzerland will have a second chance to kick-start their campaign on Saturday evening, when they take on Japan. The Japanese also lost their opening match, losing 6-4 to the United States.
swissinfo with agencies
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