Raring to Get Started

With competition just a day away, shuttlers at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 in Bangkok are working hard to fine-tune their preparation before taking to the Nimibutr Arena courts.

This is what some of them had to say on tournament eve.

“I didn’t qualify last year so I’m excited to be back. I had three weeks of rest, my recovery went great and that helped me prepare well for this. Physically, I’m feeling fantastic.”

Chou Tien Chen

“I see this as recognition for my one year of hard work. Qualifying for my first Finals is also proof I can play at a high level. I’m not too bothered about the draw. I’m here to show my best.”

Lu Guang Zu

“Last tournament of the year, so it’s easier to stay 100 per cent focused and be myself. Playing in front of the home crowd is added motivation for all the Thai players.”

Ratchanok Intanon

“All three in my group are strong opponents. I lost my most recent matches to Akane Yamaguchi and An Se Young. Also, I can’t afford to underestimate Tunjung, although this is her first Finals.”

Chen Yu Fei

“It’s not easy to qualify as one of the top eight pairs in men’s doubles, it’s a highly competitive category. Now that we have, we look forward to testing ourselves against the best. At this level, no matter who you play, it’s tough.”

Ong Yew Sin

“We got our wish, we avoided our compatriots Ong and Teo. Now hopefully we can make it an all-Malaysian final.”

Soh Wooi Yik

“I’m no more friends with Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. It ended last night at the gala dinner, hopefully we’ll be mates again after this tournament!”

Loh Kean Yew

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