Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
FROM BADMINTON ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
“Good for me and other Arab players that I reached the pre-quarters. Next time, maybe I can reach the quarters and semis. I want to set an example and make players from Jordan and Arab nations proud.”
“After winning the All England, we struggled. Now we are back with some good matches. Our target is to be a top 10 pair.”
Muhammad Shohibul Fikri is optimistic of further improvement following recent good results.
“Being from Zhejiang, winning the Hangzhou Asian Games will be important for me. But for now, I want to focus one game at a time.”
Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei hopes to better her silver medal from 2018, in her home city.
“You get more attention and have less privacy. I get asked for pictures on the streets regularly. But I’m getting used to it. My family and friends make sure I’m always protected.”
Loh on how life has changed after his 2021 World Championships win.
“It will take a lot of time to believe we are Asian champions. I still can’t believe we are Thomas Cup champions! Good boost as we go into the Olympic qualification period.”
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy over the moon after clinching the men’s doubles title.
“This is important as we have a victory after around three years. This title will boost us in our preparation for bigger events like the World Championships and Asian Games.”
Yuki Fukushima buoyed by the first title for her and Sayaka Hirota since the 2020 Denmark Open.
“I would rate the competitive level eight out of 10. It was intense, but really gave us a lot of experience, especially as juniors coming up.”
Jamaican Mikaelah Mustafaa values the experience of competing against top players at the Pan Am Individual Championships.
“My father won All England and played at the Olympics. My mother also played at the Olympics. I’ve learned a lot from them so my big goal is to qualify for the Olympics (myself).”
Gayatri Gopichand Pullela inspired to follow in her parents’ footsteps.
“If athletes are not eating correctly, resting and hydrating well, their quality and concentration will drop and their body will struggle. Rest and recovery between sessions is as important as the training in a hard physical period.”
Badminton Scotland coach Robert Blair highlights what is needed to be in peak condition ahead of upcoming tournaments.