The Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes


“It’s unreal. I have goosebumps.”

Gayatri Gopichand Pullela after she and Treesa Jolly ousted second seeds Lee Sohee/Shin Seungchan to make the semifinals.

“Both my Achilles are pretty bad. The good sign is I’ve only broken one!”

Beiwen Zhang makes light of her injury at the Olympics after her opening match in Birmingham, her first since Tokyo 2020.

“There’s a barrier I need to overcome, and I need to overcome it on the court.”

World champion Loh Kean Yew after his first round loss to Anders Antonsen.

“I felt butterflies in my stomach.”

An Seyoung on hearing the fans cheering at the arena again.

“Badminton is a big family and all the Ukrainian players received a lot of help. It’s amazing and I’m happy to be part of such a big family.”

Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina on how fellow shuttlers helped soften the blow of the war back home.

“There was a lot of pressure but once I entered the arena, it was just another match.”

Lakshya Sen on facing top seed Viktor Axelsen in the final.

“I just went blank. I’ve dreamed of this moment since I was nine.”

Muhammad Shohibul Fikri on winning the men’s doubles title with Bagas Maulana.

“There are other targets we’d like to conquer. We don’t want to just be satisfied with this title.”

Women’s doubles winner Chiharu Shida has big goals to pursue.

“It feels exactly the same as the first time.”

Axelsen describes the winning feeling.

“I’m far below those names. My intention is to get as close as possible to them.”

Yuta Watanabe playing down matching Japanese icons Hiroe Yuki and Etsuko Toganoo’s five All England titles.


“These tournaments teach you how to quickly recover to stay in shape and perform your best.”

Muhammad Ikhwan Ramli on being champion in consecutive weeks at the recent Para tournaments in Spain.

“That’s what sport is: it gives you health, it relaxes you, it gives you a lot of discipline.”

Para shuttler Pilar Jauregui Cancino is happy with her career choice.