Rest assured, nothing is coming easy for Jennifer Jones and her two-time defending Canadian champion foursome from Winnipeg. They’re just making it look that way.
Jones claimed her second Asham World Curling Tour title of the season in as many attempts Monday afternoon at the Calgary Curling Club, beating world champion Bingyu Wang of China 7-4 in the final in the Grand Slam Trail Appliances Women’s Curling Classic.
The victory, a rematch of the 2007 world women’s final in Vernon, B.C., was worth $14,000 to Jones, third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin, who also won the Classic in 2007.
“Oh, I don’t know if it’s been that easy,” said Jones, whose earlier win this season came at the Radisson SAS Cup in Oslo, Norway, where she beat 2009 world silver-medallist Anette Norberg of Sweden in the final.
“We had to work hard; we came through the C-event (to qualify for Monday’s playoff round), and we were able to get on a little bit of a roll today.”
Jones got off to an ideal start in the final; after Wang nearly flashed on a takeout in the first end, Jones was able to deposit her final stone in the eight-foot to score a three that put the Chinese in chase mode for the remainder of the game. They did their best, getting two back in the second, but never got closer.
“When you can crack a three early, it’s nice,” said Jones. “She came back with a deuce in the second end, but we got our deuce back in three, and we controlled the game from there and never really got in trouble after that. The girls played great today and made my job easy.”