Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
FROM YONEX ALL ENGLAND OPEN 2023
“There’s a lot to work on and it’s going to take some time – I don’t know how long, but hopefully I’ll get better soon.”
“I’m completely fit physically but mentally, it’s going to take some time.”
“I’ve been through a lot of hardship but I’m playing without any problems at the moment. Although I lost, I did all I could.”
“It’s frustrating to keep losing to Chen Yu Fei, but I’ll learn from it. I feel like a lot of it is mental and tactical. Physically I feel healthy and a lot better than in many years.”
Michelle Li, whose defeat in the first round was her ninth straight to her Chinese opponent, vows to keep plugging away.
“I was always motivated to return, and thanks to Melati’s commitment, we want to reach a high level again.”
Praveen Jordan’s appetite for success hasn’t diminished.
“I didn’t think too much before the match, I just wanted to go all out. I just tried to calm down when he had those two match points. This is the biggest win of my career.”
“(To attack) is normal for me. My style came as soon as I started playing. If I play singles, I always smash.”
Treesa Jolly on her offensive playing style.
“In every match, we all learn something from our opponent no matter their ranking. This is the beauty of badminton.”
“The crowd, I feel like I’m at home. I feel like I’m in Indonesia!”
“My father always taught me, you need to trust yourself.”
Tai Tzu Ying on what the snake tattoo on her wrist means.
“I was thinking at times I’ve never played a better player, he was so solid. Crazy high pace, and how I managed to come back is even crazier.”
“This is one of the best wins of our career. It’s hard to pick one as the very best, but I’d say this is among the top five.”
“I thought if I moved one step more than Tai, that could lead to a win. The biggest contributors to my win are my confidence and youth. I always believe it’s not over until it’s over.”
An Se Young after making the final.
“I’ve been very self-disciplined throughout the tournament, I’ve treated every game as if it was my first. Although I’ve got the All England, I’d like to aim from more titles.”
Men’s singles champion Li just getting started.
“In tough times, she always supports and helps me. At the last edition, I felt bad but she helped me get through it. We have a strong connection.”
“There have been many talented players before him. It’s his discipline that got him this far.”
Coach Aravindan Samiappan on World Junior Championships silver medallist Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian.
“My objective is to teach badminton to all 365,000 square kilometres of Guyana.”
Guyana Badminton Association President Emelia Ramdhani sharing her passion for the sport.
“I was so sorry for my young son I had to often leave the house. As my son grew up, I endured the hard time thinking he’d understand it later.”
“I almost am even harder on myself because I want so badly to play well for Marcus as well as for me.”
“In sports, there are always ups and downs, such as injuries or trying hard and things don’t go as planned. Despite these, you always have a goal and that is the best incentive to keep fighting until you achieve it.”
Argentina’s junior star Iona Gualdi on how she faces difficult moments in her career.