Anderson breezes past struggling Davis, Suljovic edges past Humphries in high quality affair

Gary Anderson wasn't at his best by any means in his 2021 Grand Slam of Darts group opener but he still ran out a victor 5-1 against a struggling Joe Davis.

Davis, last year's World Youth finalist revealed earlier in the week that he was struggling with tennis elbow which saw him nearly withdraw and his struggle was evident.

Averaging only 67 in the end to Anderson's 82.4, it is a winning start and an important one for the Flying Scotsman who sits in a group with Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith.

He took the opening leg before Davis offered his only resolve in the form of a 100 checkout but back-to-back legs for Anderson saw him take a 3-1 lead.

He went 4-1 up as despite hitting a 22 darter on double 10 and missing multiple opportunities to seal it earlier, Davis was way back.

From there, he pinned double 20 second dart in hand for a 5-1 win with Davis sat back on 80 ready to hold but alas, it was Anderson that won through.

Mensur Suljovic continued proceedings in Group F by seeing off Luke Humphries in a quality affair as expected with 'The Gentle' coming out on top in a 5-3 win.

Suljovic produced a 100.6 with three 180's and 71% on the doubles, with Humphries himself hitting a 101 average with a high checkout of 122 and 3/6 (50% on the doubles).

After a fairly even start to proceedings albeit a high quality one, Humphries kicked into life with that high checkout of 122 to make it 3-2.

But it was a timely third 180 and double 16 from Suljovic to break which provided the catalyst as he went one away at 4-3.

This was consolidated as Suljovic claimed the win with Humphries unable to take out 161 which allowed the Austrian back to claim 63 to head towards the winning line.

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