CYBERJAYA (27 December 2018): Boonsak Ponsana rolled back the years as he showed he still has what it takes, delivering crucial points towards Tebrau City Badminton Club’s (TCBC), 13-8 win over Bandar Maharani Badminton Club (BMBC) on Day 6 Stage 1 of the SS Purple League 2018/19 in Gem In Mall, Cyberjaya tonight.
Aged 36, the former singles player who competed in the singles in the Olympics in 2000 and 2008, the Thai legend has turned his sights towards the doubles game.
His win in the men’s doubles partnering Peeranat Boontun, coupled with victories for Lee Ying Ying and deciding men’s singles, Satheishtharan Ramachandran meant TCBC enjoyed their first success in the SSPL 2018/19 after three attempts.
Bandar Maharani’s, Teh Jia Heng opened accounts with a hard fought 3-2 (11-8, 6-11, 10-11, 11-3, 11-5) victory against China’s rising star, Ye Binghong in the men’s singles.
Ying Ying then put Tebrau City BC in the lead, 5-4 after a controlled performance against Thai lass, Chasinee Korepap, 3-1 (11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-10)
Then it was time for the Boonsak show and he didn’t disappoint as he and Peeranat fought back from an opening game loss to win 3-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-6) against up and coming local pair, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Mohd Rumsani.
“I am happy to make a comeback in the Purple League to see the developments of the league for so long. Maybe in the near future, this league’s popularity will gain in popularity around the world,” said Boonsak who played before for Nusajaya BC in 2015/16.
“Anyway, I am happy to contribute winning points for Tebrau City BC. My partner (Peeranat) has a style of play that suits me. I hope that I can help my team go as far as the final rounds in Genting later,” he added.
Malaysian mixed doubles pair, Wong Tien Ci-Yap Yee kept BMBC in the hunt with their crucial victory against Rusydina Antardayu-Tan Wee Gieen of Indonesia, 3-2 (11-8, 4-11, 8-11, 11-10, 11-7) to close the gap to two points, 8-10.
Satheistharan then turned giant-killer, defeating his more illustrious compatriot, Soo Teck Zhi, a former Asian junior champion, 3-0 (11-8, 11-3, 11-2) to put a smile on manager, Por Han Yit’s face after previous setbacks against defending champion, Puchong United Badminton Club (PUBC) and Serdang Badminton Club (Serdang BC).
In the earlier match, newcomers, Bukit Mertajam All Stars Badminton Club (BMASBC) continued their good run in the SS Purple League 2018/19 by recording their second win, 12-5 against Serdang BC earlier today.
This win, coupled with their 10-8 success against Bandar Maharani Badminton Club (BMBC) on Saturday has given high hopes that they can realize their top six target in their debut season. A top six placing will guarantee them a place in the final round to be held at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, next month.