Can anyone stop Chen Long?

The World Superseries Finals returns to the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai on Wednesday as some of the world's best players battle it out for one of the most prestigious trophies in badminton.

Eight players, or doubles pairs, are invited to compete in the season finale, but invitations aren't based on world rankings. Instead, the players who have accumulated the most points at the 12 Superseries events are eligible to compete.

We take a closer look at the potential winners in the men's singles:

Chen Long

Just in case

The Chinese shuttler is the defending champion this time around having won the tournament in 2013 as well. In fact, he gained the world number one ranking from Lee Chong Wei after winning last year's event and hasn't relinquished his status as top dog on the men's tour since then. The 26-year-old has had a remarkable season, winning his second World Championship title as well as triumphing at the All England Championships and the Malaysia, Australian, Chinese Taipei, Korea and Denmark Opens. Whilst he did suffer defeats to Chong Wei at the China and Hong Kong Opens in his most recent tournaments, any shuttler with the ambition to triumph in Dubai this week will have to get past the world number one first.

Jan O Jorgensen

Just in case

Twice a losing semi-finalist in the World Superseries Finals, the world number two goes into this week's event as the third seed and was therefore drawn in Group A with Chen. The Dane may only beaten the world number one once in eight matches, but remains a consistent, performer on tour. His only real success of the year came at the German Open,  with finals defeats at the All England Champs and Indonesian Open his other notable performances. The 27-year-old will undoubtedly have to play out of his skin this week if he is to make it past the semi-finals for the first time, but in the absence of the likes of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, the Copenhagen resident may just be able to.

Kento Momota

Just in case

The 21-year-old Japanese shuttler has had something of a breakout season on the BWF Tour and goes into the event as the second seed after a series of consistent performances when it mattered. The former world junior champion won the Singapore and Indonesian Opens, becoming the youngest ever Superseries champion in the process and the first shuttler from Japan to win one of badminton's major events. The left-hander also inspired Japan to the silver medal in the Sudirman and Thomas Cups.

Viktor Axelsen

Just in case

Another young player whose career is on a dramatic upward curve, the former world junior champion failed to win a singles title on the BWF World Tour. However, he enters this week's event as the fourth seed following defeats in the finals of the Swiss, Indian, Australian and Japan Opens. Currently ranked sixth in the world, the 21-year-old is playing in his first Tour Finals in 2015 but is expected to make it to at least the last four.

Group A

Chen Long
Jan O Jorgensen
Tian Houwei
Hu Yun

Group B

Kento Momota
Viktor Axelsen
Chou Tien-Chen
Kidambi Srikanth

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