Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
FROM SPANISH PARA BADMINTON INTERNATIONAL TOLEDO 2023
“I didn’t lose sleep over it. This victory proves last week was just a hiccup. But I can’t take anything for granted, I need to keep working hard to stay at the top of my game.”
Cheah Liek Hou, whose four-year unbeaten streak ended at the Spanish Para Badminton International, after becoming SU5 men’s singles champion again.
“I didn’t expect to win two gold medals. I hope I can maintain this performance.”
Rina Marlina stays humble after her double success (SH6 women’s singles and mixed doubles).
“This is only the beginning. We will have to stay focused and continue at this pace because the next events will happen very quickly.”
SL3-SU5 mixed doubles winner Faustine Noel.
“I’m delighted to be leaving the Spanish doubleheader with double gold. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Paris 2024 qualification.”
Daniel Bethell, who won two SL3 men’s singles titles in as many weeks.
“I wanted to try something different and leave no stone unturned before the Olympics. The Indonesian style of coaching suits me because it’s a little more aggressive.”
Kidambi Srikanth about his recent two-week training stint in Indonesia.
“It would be amazing if we upset one of the top 10 in the world on home turf. But if we do some of the stuff we’ve been working on in training well, we will also take that as a positive.”
Chloe Birch’s target at the All England in women’s doubles with Lauren Smith.
“I always say this — in badminton if we wait, we lose.”
Malaysia doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky on why he will go down to the ground to scout for younger talents.
“In swimming, there were no role models. But in badminton there was a lot of encouragement and Saina Nehwal and Pusarla V. Sindhu to look up to. Sometimes we’d go watch Lakshya (Sen). Watching him win those big trophies, I wanted some too.”
India’s rising women’s singles shuttler Anupama Upadhyaya on why she exited the pool to take up the racket.
“I don’t think I was putting in enough gym time and running to help my physicality. But I’ve been focusing more on that, not just the technical aspects and court time.”
Jamaican Tahlia Richardson remains focused on qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.