The Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes
Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan

Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?


“Sometimes one of us may feel a lack of motivation or feel tired, but we always had the other one to push us to go further. It was a magic chemistry.”

Chen Qing Chen remembering a week that brought her and Jia Yi Fan their fourth world title.

“They are so fast, so smart that we can’t keep up mentally, we just play into their hands a lot of the time. They are all over the place, and that makes you wonder where the holes on court are.”

Josephine Wu and Ty Alexander Lindeman after losing to Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino.

“This is my starting line. Everybody has started competing for Olympic qualification but I couldn’t feel that way yet. This tournament is finally where I begin my journey to the Olympics.”

Nozomi Okuhara getting back into her groove just in time for Paris 2024.

“When I walk onto the court, I don’t think about how ‘bigger’ my opponent is. That’s my biggest strength. I play every match with equal intensity.”

H.S. Prannoy on having the best head-to-head record against Viktor Axelsen in the last 10 years.

“You win some, you lose some.”

Axelsen philosophical after his exit.

“If he wins I’m happy, if I win he’s happy. There are no negative vibes. We have each other’s back.”

Toma Junior Popov on his singles rivalry with younger brother Christo.

“I had three targets when I was young – the Olympic Games, World Championships and All England. I’ve achieved one of those, two are left.”

Kunlavut Vitidsarn’s badminton story is just starting.

“This isn’t just our achievement, it’s an achievement for the whole Korean team.”

Seo Seung Jae on becoming the first male shuttler since 1999 to win two gold at the same edition.

“I was lying on the floor and listening to 10,000 Danish people screaming ‘Kim and Anders’.”

Kim Astrup after he and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen qualified for the final.