SOLIHULL’s Kiara Henry, representing the University of Derby, won the women’s doubles event at the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Badminton Championships.
Henry partnered Abby Harris from Staffordshire at the event as the pair swept all before them including the number one seeds in the semi-finals.
And the duo wrapped up the title in three sets before Henry was eliminated with partner Ryan Quek from Worcestershire in the mixed doubles event, narrowly missing out on the last four.
The action took place over three days at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield as Henry and Harris saw off teams from UCL (University College London), Bath and Loughborough to advance to the semi-finals.
And the pair then produced a stunning performance in the last four to dispatch number one seeds Rachael Andrew and Sarah Sidebottom from Strathclyde, beating the Scottish senior international players 21-5 and 21-17 in straight sets.
They met Sian Kelly and Kirby Ngan from Nottingham University in the final, who beat the number two seeds from Loughborough, Asmita Chaudhari and Fee Teng Liew, 21-9 21-19 in straight sets to reach the final.
Henry and Harris controlled the first set to win 21-10 but dropped the second set 21-16 to set up a tantalising decider where the pair opened up a 5-1 lead only for Nottingham to level at 5-5.
The Derby duo led 11-10 at the break before completing a 21-14 final set victory with a relentless bombardment of smashes and delicate touches to take the title.
And Henry then achieved a quarter-final finish in the mixed doubles, losing in three close sets to Loughborough pair Alex Green and Fee Teng Liew.
Henry continues to represent Warwickshire County Badminton team alongside studying law at Derby on a badminton sports scholarship after becoming one of the university’s supported Dual Academic Students.