The world gears up for the season finale of badminton as the top 8 players in the world prepare to battle it out in the BWF World Tour Finals which kick starts on Wednesday, December 12 in Guangzhou, China.

When do the matches start and how to watch them live

The first match on each day will start at 11 am local time, 8:30 am IST and 4 am BST.

Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD will provide live television coverage of the matches in India. The live stream will be available on Hotstar.

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Two Indians are in contention to win the season-ending tournament with Sameer Verma competing in the men's end of the tournament and PV Sindhu representing India in the women's side.

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Sindhu has been handed a very tough group (Group A) where she has been placed alongside World Number 2 Akane Yamaguchi, World number 1 Tai Tzu Ying and USA's Zhang Beiwen.

The 2-time World Championship silver medallist Sindhu starts her campaign against Akane Yamaguchi on December 12, the very player who beat her in Super Series Finals last year in Dubai. This match will be followed by a duel with Tai Tzu Ying and Sindhu's final match will be against Beiwen.

Sindhu's match tomorrow will be the second match of the day on Court number 1.

Sindhu, who has qualified for the World Tour Finals for the third successive year, will be looking to bring her first title in 2018 after being runners-up at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, India Open, and World Championships.

Verma, on the other hand, has a less daunting group challenge but will have to be on the top of his game to prove his worth against top quality opponents. He will face Kento Momota in the opening match and then take on Tommy Sugiarto and his final group match will be against Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

Verma's match will be played immediately following Sindhu's on the same court tomorrow.

Verma has won 3 titles in 2018 so far and qualified for the World Tour Finals by winning the Syed Modi International tournament played in Lucknow last month.

Apart from Sindhu and Verma, no Indian mixed doubles, women's doubles, and men's doubles pairs qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals.

The 8 players/teams in each category have been divided into two groups and the top two players/teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Men's Singles Draw

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Women's Singles Draw

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Men's Doubles Draw 

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Women's Doubles Draw 

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Mixed Doubles Draw 

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BWF World Tour Finals TV guide

  • Malaysia: TV: Astro Supersport; Live streaming: Astro Go
  • Singapore: TV: Star Hub; Live streaming: Starhub Go
  • China: CCTV 5+
  • Thailand: True Visions
  • Denmark: TV 2 SPORT; live streaming: TV 2 Play