Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
FROM THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.