Like his female counterpart, Carolina Marin, Chen Long has had a stellar season. Four individual titles and a gold at the Sudirman Cup means Chen Long is the clear favourite going into the World Championships. Over the years, the Chinese has mastered every stroke and his accuracy is unmatched. Add to that a favourable draw and Chen Long is probably already counting his money. He does have a few party spoilers in his half and getting past them would be tricky. The World No.1 though has the rhythm, the fitness and the supreme confidence to defend his title. Stopping him would need something extremely special.
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