Pusarla Venkata Sindhu stands on the brink of history as she faces Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the final of the BWF World Tour Finals 2018 on Sunday, December 16 at Guangzhou in China.
When do the matches start and how to watch them live
The women's singles final will be the first match of the day and will start at 1 pm local time, 10:30 am IST and 6 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.
PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara preview
It will be a fitting finale contested by two blockbuster shuttlers who are unbeaten in the tournament. Sindhu and Okuhara topped their respective groups and saw off challenging competition in the semi-final to book their place in Sunday's final.
The two 23-year-olds are tied 6-6 in their head-to-head battles and if Sindhu manages to surge ahead tomorrow, she will win her first title of the season after finishing runners-up thrice in 2018.
Sindhu is in stellar form in the season-ending tournament having vanquished her arch-nemesis, Tai Tzu Ying, after six straight defeats, in their group stage match. In the semi-final, she saw off a stiff challenge from Ratchanok Intanon 21-16 25-23 in 54 minutes.
Talking about her final clash on Sunday, Sindhu said that she needs to be patient.
"Patience will be very important against Okuhara. Whenever we play, we have had long rallies. We both had to be patient enough to be on the court for as long as possible. Against her there's not much of strategy required, I just have to keep the shuttle on the court," Hindustan Times quoted Sindhu as saying.
Okuhara, on her part, ended Akane Yamaguchi's dream of winning back to back Finals title as she ousted her 21-17 21-14 in the other semi-final of the day.
"Last year, I couldn't imagine that I would be here this year. I am very happy," declared Okuhara after her match.
Reacting to the news that she will play Sindhu in the summit clash, Okuhara said her arch-rival's long reach will make it a difficult match.
"Sindhu is very aggressive so my defence will be important. I will have to be very fast and to be wary of her attacks. Just like in the World Championships, I will give my best," vowed the No.2 seed.
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