Silver for Britain in tennis

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Great Britain yesterday won their best medal so far at the World here. Unfortunately for Nick Adams and Richard Holden it was silver and not gold, as the pair lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the men's doubles tennis competition to the highly regarded No 4 seeds from the United States, David Caldwell and Paul Goldstein.

In the end, the duo from the United States proved too strong after the two Britons had gone a set and a break up, thanks to some excellent serving from Holden and a number of high-class service returns from Adams.

The improvement in Goldstein's serve as the match progressed was a crucial factor. The decisive game was undoubtedly the fifth one of the third set. Having lost Adams' service for 0-2, the British pair needed to break back immediately. They had five chances to do so in a marathon game of seven deuces but failed. The score went to 4-1 and the slide from that point was inevitable. "When that game was over the Americans breathed a sigh of relief, and we had an uphill battle," Adams said. The match lasted three minutes shy of two hours,

The prospect of a tennis gold medal is not yet beyond the British team. Paul Robinson and Sam Smith contest the mixed doubles final today against the top seeds, Chih-Jung Chen and Shi-Ting Wang of Taiwan.

Results, Sporting Digest, page 23