“We are quite surprised we could win but the key was we didn’t overthink before the match. The opponents are our seniors, we have learned a lot from them,” said Liu, who looked composed throughout the battle despite her tender badminton years.
“I’m still young so I try not to worry too much about results or setting targets. The opportunity to learn is more precious,” added the youngster about her calm on-court demeanour.
At October’s BWF World Junior Championships in Santander, Spain, Liu won in women’s doubles with Wang Ting Ge and mixed doubles with Zhu Yi Jun.
“We can sense our performances are getting better. We hope to keep this momentum going.” – Sayaka Hirota
“Even after long rallies I don’t feel any pain in my knee. This is the best feeling. I’m on my way.” – Carolina Marin
“I’ve been tired from the first round. But I’m learning to persevere and tell myself to keep pushing because I want to win at my second Olympic Games.” – An Se Young
“He behaves like a senior. He knows how to deal with difficult situations, helps me get through them. I don’t see him as a kid.” – Olympic champion Huang Dong Ping on partnering 21-year-old Feng Yan Zhe
“To finish runners-up to our seniors after starting in the qualification round is a very rewarding experience for a young pair like us.” – Wei Ya Xin
“This is my first title above the Super 300 level. I lost many big finals in the last three-four years. It was hard but I kept the faith.” – Jonatan Christie
“By going to Bangkok (to prepare for Thailand Masters)!” – Daniel Marthin on how he plans to celebrate