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The HSBC BWF World Tour is a circuit of 25 tournaments held all around the world. These 25 tournaments are categorised as Grade 2 events in BWF’s tournament structure, below Grade 1 events such as the World Championships, Thomas Cup, Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup, etc.
The 25 tournaments on the HSBC BWF World Tour offer substantial prize money and ranking points for the players. Eight players and pairs in each of five categories (Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) who accumulate the highest ranking points at the end of the circuit will be invited to the year-ending finale, the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018 in Guangzhou, which is a level 1 event.
The first edition of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals to be held in Guangzhou in December is the ultimate goal for all players on the circuit. Ranking points won from each World Tour event is updated on the BWF website on the Thursday following the event. The Syed Modi International and the Scottish Open (21 – 25 November) are the two final qualifying events for the World Tour Finals. The ranking lists of the following Thursday (29 November 2018) will indicate the top 8 qualifiers in all the five categories.
The 26 tournament-strong HSBC BWF World Tour is made up of four levels: Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500 and Super 300. The following are the tournaments and their corresponding levels:
Level 2: Super 1000: Three Events: Yonex All England; Blibli Indonesia Open; Victor China Open
Level 3: Super 750: Five Events: Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open; Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open; Danisa Denmark Open; Yonex French Open; Fuzhou China Open
Level 4: Super 500: Seven Events: Perodua Malaysia Masters; Daihatsu Indonesia Masters; Yonex-Sunrise Dr.Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open; Toyota Thailand Open; Singapore Open; Victor Korea Open; Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open
Level 5: Super 300: Ten Events: Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters; Yonex Swiss Open; Yonex German Open; Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open; Crown Group Australian Open; Yonex US Open; Barcelona Spain Masters; Yonex Chinese Taipei Open; Macau Open; Syed Modi International.
Although the BWF Tour Super 100 is not part of the HSBC BWF World Tour, it is an important entry point for players into the HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments. Therefore, in addition to the above 25 tournaments, the ranking points won from these 11 tournaments are included in the qualification to the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.
Level 6: Super 100: Eleven Events: Orleans Masters; Lingshui China Masters; Yonex Canada Open; Yonex Akita Masters; Russian Open; Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open; IDBI Federal Life Insurance Hyderabad Open; Bangka Belitung Indonesia Masters; Yonex Dutch Open; SaarLorLux Open; Scottish Open