Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
FROM HYLO OPEN 2023
“My first title also came in this country. After 13 years, I’m happy to be a champion here again.”
“I’m finally stress-free. People were expecting me to win the Pan Am (Games) and this tournament. I’ve done both and I think I can qualify for the World Tour Finals too. I can relax a little bit now.”
Beiwen Zhang after winning her second title of the season.
“It’s not easy to stay at a high level in badminton. I never thought I’d be here this long but I really wanted to come back and make history after losing the final last year. I’m delighted I did it.”
Chou Tien Chen, whose fourth title made him the event’s most successful men’s singles shuttler.
“A little disappointed but happy I got to play on a Sunday. Not often that happens.”
Women’s singles runner-up Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt.
“We felt we got better with each passing tournament in Europe. We want to take it to the events in Asia. It’s no secret our main aim is still to be at our best by the time the Paris Olympics arrive.”
“I’ve coached him for three months now, and I see a more settled and calmer player. Past failures and experiences have taught him well. He’s learning to be positive as a professional.”
Coach Wong Tat Meng pleased with Lee Zii Jia’s progress.
“My fighting spirit and aggression have improved, and so has my warm-up. Now whenever I start a match, I start aggressively with long rallies.”
Indian youngster Anupama Upadhyaya’s tactical shift to move up the rankings.
“I tried everything; gymnastics, swimming, hockey. You name it, I did it. But badminton was the one I was always excited to go to and wanted to do.”
Rachael Darragh on her love for the sport.