H.K.H. Kronprinsen - Kronprins Frederik - Stine Heilmann / Kongehuset

Who said what at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2023 today?

“I’ve been a professional athlete for more than 20 years, so I’m just trying to have fun. I’m happy I still have opportunities to play at these tournaments. At the beginning of my career, it was hard to find the support. Now I have it, I’m trying to achieve my goals, that’s why I’m still playing.”

 Kevin Cordon

“Of course it’s tough times for my country, we are just trying to be strong. I just lost the focus with some different thoughts; there have been other matches like this. I’m a bit upset, but I will keep working on that.”

– Ukrainian Polina Buhrova after her 21-7 23-21 loss to Putri Kusuma Wardani

“I was struggling a lot because I was rushing a bit. So happy I calmed down, found my rhythm and managed a win. The past few tournaments I haven’t done well; I was eager to do well here. I want to qualify for the Olympics; so I was too eager to win and didn’t do well with the process.”

– Singapore’s Jason Teh after coming through 24-22 17-21 21-15 against Czech Jan Louda

“I was quite nervous on the last point when he challenged it. I was hoping the shuttle was out. Last year I lost in the second round, so this time I hope I can keep going.”

 Ng Tze Yong after beating Zhao Jun Peng 21-19 26-24

“I gave my all, tried to do what I can. But there’s a big difference out there, the speed overall. He’s too fast for me. I have no regrets at all. I practice with him in Dubai sometimes, so I knew how he was going to play but he’s just the better player. There are so many things to learn.”

 Nhat Nguyen following his 21-6 21-11 defeat to top seed Viktor Axelsen