Date : 09 Apr 2019
Singapore, April 9, 2019: Some of the most popular faces on the circuit interacted with fans at a mall in Singapore on Tuesday, triggering a buzz on the opening day of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 Singapore Badminton Open 2019.
Kento Momota, Pusarla V Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Jonatan Christie and local hopeful Yeo Jia Min fielded questions from fans and posed with them for photographs in the atrium of a popular mall.
Asked by a fan how they motivated themselves after losses at tournaments, Pusarla said: “You have to believe in yourself. One goes through wins and losses but don’t give up and keep trying until you succeed.”
Kidambi added that it was about “fighting until the end”. The world No. 7 said: “Even if you lose you have to go back, work on it and come back strong.”
Momota said the support of people around him made it easier to come back strong after a defeat.
“Whenever I lose, obviously it is hard, but I must grow like that. I love badminton, and people are supporting me, so I tell myself I should never give up.”
Newly crowned Malaysia Open champion Lin Dan was a common choice as the idol the players all looked up to.
“For me it’s Lin Dan, I admire him for the way he keeps himself, the way he plays, the way he’s motivated,” said Kidambi.
His compatriot Pusarla concurred: “It’s the same with me; he’s achieved a lot, he’s a legend.”
Jakarta Asian Games 2018 champion Christie said he looked up to Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei. “Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei have a lot of major achievements at the Olympics, the World Championships and the Asian Games. I hope someday I can also win like them.”
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