University of Bath graduate Alex Lane narrowly missed out on defending his men’s singles title at the England Nationals Badminton Championships staged at Wycombe Leisure Centre.
However, the 2017 runner-up – the top-ranked player in the draw – hit back to win the second game 21-14 and was able to carry the momentum into the decider, which he took 21-15.
Lane, who graduated in Sports Performance this summer and was supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, had started his title defence strongly by beating Alex Dolman 21-9 21-19 and Rory Easton 21-14 21-10 on the opening day.
He then overcame Luke Pearce 21-13 21-5 before securing his place in yet another final with a 21-11 21-13 victory over Ethan Van Leeuwen.
George Nicolaou and George Priestman, who study Computer Science and Sports Performance respectively, reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles, where they were edged out 24-22 21-14 by Greg Mairs and Johnnie Torjussen.
Priestman also contested the mixed doubles with Molly Chapman, who is moving to the University of Bath in September. They were beaten 21-12 21-14 in the last eight by Matthew Clare and Viki Williams.