UNIVERSIADE: Sweet Win for Boonsak gives Thais Team Gold

At the Bangkok Universiade Saturday, Boonsak Ponsana dealt Chen Hong his second defeat of the day to give Thailand the edge it needed to take the gold in the mixed […]

ImageAt the Bangkok Saturday, Boonsak Ponsana dealt Chen Hong his second defeat of the day to give Thailand the edge it needed to take the gold in the mixed team event.  In doing so, Boonsak was able to avenge his loss to Chen in last month’s Thai Open.  Clearly, the combination of the hometown crowd and the incentive to help the home team was just the boost the young law student needed to succeed where he had so narrowly missed a month ago.

By Don Hearn; Photo: Badmintonphoto (archives)

While Boonsak (pictured) started the day by spearheading Thailand’s 3-0 win over Chinese Taipei, Chen’s first match saw him drop two straight – if close – games to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto.  China went on to take the tie 3-2 on the strength of its superior women.  After 2006 China Masters champion Wang Lin edged Pia Zebadiah Bernadet 25-23, 21-19, Philippine Open runners-up Pan Pan and Ting Qian took the women’s doubles and then Pan took the mixed doubles with teammate Zhang Wei.

In the finals, China again took the women’s singles and doubles but Wang and Pan/Tian were both taken to 3 games.  Thailand’s men did the job, though.  After Boonsak cleared the biggest hurdle by beating the mighty Chen, Thailand’s doubles ace Sudket  Prapakamol moved in to assure the home team of the remaining two points.  First, he and regular partner Phattapol Ngensrisuk got the better of Zhang/Shen in the men’s doubles.  Then finally, Sudket and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul wrapped things up by taking the mixed doubles point in two short games.

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Don Hearn

About Don Hearn

Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net