If the world number one can defeat Tao and Zhang, they will not find hard opponents until they reach the quarter-final. Seventh-seeded Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark will probably challenge Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung.
And perhaps fourth-seeded Songpol Anukritayawan and Kuchala Worawichitchaikul or fifth-seeded Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezka Kostiuczyk will play against Lee and Lee in the semi-final. If Lee and Lee can beat them, they may face the second seeds of Denmark, Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen.
In the men's doubles, top seeds Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung receive a bye in the first round. They will compete against China's six seeds Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen in the quarter-final.
Also in their upper half are fourth-seeded Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen and 2005 world champions Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan.