Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
“We have tough competition among us, with Ratchanok, Pornpawee and I pushing each other. Our country’s system is really good and we also have good coaches.”
Busanan Ongbamrungphan on how Thai women’s singles shuttlers remain among the world’s best.
“The weeks that I have my daughter, I can’t be in Paris.”
Read how Fernando Rivas splits his time between coaching in Spain and France.
“We fund a lot of our journey ourselves. I usually work part-time.”
“My family will be sad I’m not around but as a player, the sacrifice is worth it.”
Thinaah Muralitharan doesn’t mind missing Diwali celebrations with loved ones to compete at the Denmark and French Opens.
“It hasn’t been easy to get here and it won’t be easy to stay and move up. I will continue to work hard to improve all aspects of my game.”
Loh Kean Yew about breaking into the men’s singles top five.
“We felt the pressure to win as we know people always remember the champions.”
“I was glued to the television watching every match. I was confident I could have won a medal if I took part.”
“There’s no problem with stamina, it’s just lack of composure sometimes. Technically we can keep up.”
Mixed doubles coach Nova Widianto feels Indonesian pairs are close to challenging the dominant China.
“I used to ask my husband to look after me at night, make sure I was still breathing.”
“Natalia was once again phenomenal. Our women’s doubles is now complete.”
Viktor Axelsen welcoming second daughter Aya Rohde into the world.
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