Homan beats Muirhead to defend Masters title

November 3, 2013, 9:48 PM

Ottawa’s Rachel Homan successfully defended the Grand Slam of Curling’s Masters title after defeating Eve Muirhead 7-5 in the women’s final Sunday night in Abbotsford, B.C.

Homan held the hammer coming home already leading by one and the reigning world champ Muirhead was unable to grab shot rock on her last to set up a potential steal.

Homan, the 2013 Canadian champ and world bronze medallist, finished the round-robin with a 2-2 record but defeated Winnipeg’s Chelsea Carey 5-1 in a tiebreaker, earned a 6-3 victory over Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin in the quarterfinals and doubled up on Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott 6-3 in the semis to reach the championship game.

The foursome of Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle now eye a berth in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games when the Canadian Olympic trials kick off next month in Winnipeg. Muirhead, from Scotland, has already booked a spot at the Olympics representing Great Britain.

The Masters final was tied 2-2 in the fourth until Muirhead misplayed her final shot, wrecking on a guard and gifting Homan an open hit and stick to score three to grab the lead. After splitting singles in five and six, Muirhead pulled within one with a deuce in the seventh.

Homan beat Muirhead 5-4 in last year’s semifinal and topped Chelsea Carey 8-3 for her first Grand Slam championship. Muirhead got her revenge at the world championship semifinal this past March stealing one in the final end to knock out Homan 8-7.

Earlier, Glenn Howard earned his sixth career Masters title after defeating Kevin Martin 7-4 in the men’s final.