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Van Zyl tops SA leaderboard

GOLF: Jaco Van Zyl sits atop the leaderboard following the opening day of the Africa Open in East London but could lose the first-round lead tomorrow after strong winds saw many competitors fail to complete 18 holes.

Van Zyl was among the morning starters and shot a six-under-par 66 to lead by one at the end of a day interrupted by a near three-hour delay due to the poor conditions.

South African Van Zyl leads by one from Brazil's Adilson Da Silva, who racked up five birdies in just eight holes before his charge was halted when play was suspended for the day due to bad light.

If Da Silva can replicate his searing form when he concludes his opening round tomorrow, the world number 365 will have every chance of building a commanding lead.

England's John Parry was second in the clubhouse after a four-under 68.

Van Zyl and Parry were joined at the top of the leaderboard when play was suspended by chief referee John Paramor, who made the call after several balls were seen to move about in the high winds on some of the more exposed greens.

Querrey's quality

TENNIS: Third-seeded Sam Querrey beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (4) to reach the SAP Open quarter-finals.

Hewitt, the former top-ranked player in the world, double-faulted twice in the third-set tiebreaker, including match point.

"A match like that, to grind through it, makes me feel pretty good," said Querrey. "It was a high quality match. He's a lot better than his ranking. A couple of double faults was all that separated us in the match."

Querrey's next opponent will be Colombia's Alejandro Falla, who reached his first quarter-final of the season by knocking out seventh-seeded Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

Gary ousts Wizard

DARTS: Gary Anderson delighted the Aberdeen crowd with his first McCoy's Premier League Darts victory of 2013 as he edged out Simon Whitlock last night, as Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Robert Thornton continued their unbeaten starts to the season.

Anderson bounced back from his opening-night loss to Raymond van Barneveld with a 7-5 defeat of Whitlock in a thriller in front of a sold-out 4,000 crowd at the AECC. "I couldn't stop shaking in the final leg but I'm delighted," said Anderson. "When I was 3-1 down I felt like I should have been 3-1 up and it's starting to get on my nerves!"


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