Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
“There can be many difficulties along the way, but when you want to do something, you pursue it until you achieve it.”
Peruvian Para badminton shuttler Rubi Milagros Fernandez Vargas encouraging people to continue striving to meet their goals.
“He’s more an inspiration as a person than an athlete. I always focus more on the person.”
Carolina Marin on looking up to tennis icon Rafael Nadal the individual.
“Maybe runners-up is like being champions for us now (at our age). We are grateful, the road isn’t less difficult. Even though we didn’t win, that’s good (enough) for us.”
“It’s the first tournament to offer Olympic qualifying points and also a prestigious team event. It would be an honour to make the team.”
Lai Shevon Jemie, one half of the independent Malaysian mixed pair with Goh Soon Huat, hoping to make the country’s TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2023 squad after a decent outing in the European swing.
“I love competing in Singapore – the fans are always fantastic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t play last year, but I’m looking forward to returning and capturing my first Singapore Open title.”
Viktor Axelsen targeting one of the few tournaments he is yet to win.
“The twins have been around for a while. You can easily forget they are still young players in their development phase and they play well with a little bit of consistency just missing.”
“You belong to a community. Accept yourself, come to the society and interact with others. They will welcome you.”
Kenyan SU5 Para badminton player Neema Stency’s message to differently abled youngsters.
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“I remember joking during training about qualifying from the reserves list. I couldn’t believe it when they told me I’d be playing.”
Young Spaniard Ania Setien shares how she felt when she was promoted to the qualification round.
“I’ve changed partners in these last few tournaments and it’s been to my benefit. I’ve learned something good from all of them.”
Du Yue, having played in five different pairings over the last six months.
“We played badly at the European Championships here last year, so we weren’t super happy coming back but it turned out to be our tournament.”
Mixed doubles winner Mathias Christiansen after winning in Madrid.
“I will work harder to get another title.”
Gregoria Mariska Tunjung’s vow after ending her wait for a first HSBC BWF World Tour title.
“I definitely want to contribute to my team and become a hero.”
Men’s singles champion Kenta Nishimoto hoping to carry his good form into the Sudirman Cup for Japan.
“Fitness wise, everything is fine. It’s just that you need those two good matches and you’re there. So, not far.”
Pusarla V. Sindhu explaining where she is at with her match fitness.