The Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes

Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?

“We’re both northern (English), we’re both feisty and we’re both a little stubborn at times.”

Chloe Birch on what makes her partnership with Lauren Smith click.

“The biggest accomplishment in my life has been the birth of my daughter (Vega). Besides that, on the court too.”

Viktor Axelsen puts things into perspective. Read his interview here.

“This is my first Olympics. So just enjoy it, just live it. The important thing is to try.”

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo shares how he will approach Tokyo 2020.

“I don’t entertain them. I hope to go to Tokyo in the best shape and with no pressure at all.”

Lee Zii Jia reveals how he deals with comparisons with Lee Chong Wei.

“It’s a matter of pride for us, to be able to achieve this, and qualifying in doubles means you’re in the top 16.”

France coach Baptiste Careme on what it means to play at the Olympics. Story here.

“Japan is coming on real strong but there are other countries getting stronger and kind of taking China’s dominance away.”

Steve Kearney, director of USA Para-Badminton, believes Tokyo 2020 will no longer be all about China.

“I always wanted to do something unique in this sport and I can proudly say I’ve done it by qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and by being awarded a fully funded scholarship.”

Mahoor Shahzad reflects on her recent achievements. Read her story here.

“I’ve been preparing for six weeks now, taking the foot off the gas isn’t an option. I can’t afford that luxury.”

Selena Piek is really focused ahead of the Olympic Games.

“If we can commit to having the world’s best players on show week in week out, then badminton’s future will be strong for the benefit of everyone as we exit COVID-19.”

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund upon the announcement of the updated tournament calendar. Read here.

“I’ve learned from experience, sometimes if you are too excited, you can’t control your passion on court.”

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on the importance of being composed in matches.

“We don’t say much. We can tell how the other is feeling just by looking at each other’s eyes.”

Kong Heeyong on the wavelength she shares with partner Kim Soyeong. Story here.

“This is something I’ve been driving towards for a decade. For it to be eight weeks away is surreal.”

Dan Bethell is looking forward to the Paralympic Games.