Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
“He is definitely the player to beat right now. High on confidence, makes very few mistakes, is patient and has the endurance to play in long matches with the same intensity.”
“I’m feeling good, not in the best shape of my life, but this shows me I’m a real fighter.”
“I was thinking I don’t need to save energy for the following matches because there won’t be any if I lost. And it worked.”
“I don’t want to stand here and cry about what I should have done differently. Tomorrow’s a new day to get better.”
Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen after his surprise exit.
“I had pneumonia for nearly four weeks. One week before this I wasn’t even sure if I’d be participating.”
“I couldn’t get up from bed for three days in Bali, and the two days’ travel was terrible.”
“We learnt a lot from our losses at previous World Championships. This is the result from all the learnings in matches we lost.”
Jia Yi Fan after becoming world champion for the second time.
“I had to find my own solutions. I had to go places, take flights, meet people, find what’s working, spend money.”
“When they said the World Championships were in Huelva I was waiting for it. I think I played a good match for the Spanish fans.”
Luís Enrique PeÑalver on realising his dream.
“I want to play the Commonwealth Games for my country so I can finish my career with a remarkable event.”
“People keep telling me I do well at World Championships and Olympics so I take it as a positive thing. I just don’t know why that happens, but that’s good.”
Pusarla V. Sindhu on her impressive record at major events.
“I cannot really think. At the start of the year, I just didn’t think this would happen.”
Loh after becoming the first Singaporean world champion.