Hong Kong's women will be shown no mercy in their opening Uber Cup clash with mighty China as badminton's most prestigious tournament gets under way at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium today. China, whose challenge is spearheaded by women's world number one Ye Zhaoying , are seen as the biggest threat to reigning champions Indonesia's hopes of holding on to their title - and the mainlanders are looking to get off to a flying start with a convincing win against Hong Kong. 'The fact that we are playing Hong Kong does not matter,' Ye said yesterday. 'We want to win and play well. It is important for us to start the tournament strongly,' the 24-year-old said. Hong Kong coach Chan Chi-choi, who believes China are the strongest team in the women's event, said he was not expecting anything other than defeat in today's opening clash. 'Realistically, I don't think our players are strong enough to beat China. We are quite inexperienced and China are, I think, probably the favourites to win the title this week,' said Chan. Chan has had to rebuild Hong Kong's women's and men's teams in the past two years following the retirement of a number of leading players, including former women's number one Emmy Chan Oi-ni. With the December Asian Games looming, Chan said experience of top-level competition was vital for his players. 'The most important thing about this tournament is that it gives me an idea of how the players are developing. With the Asian Games coming up, I need to be able to see how they manage in a big competition like this,' Chan said. Hong Kong face China, Denmark, and Japan in Group A. Group B sees holders Indonesia take on South Korea, Netherlands and England. The Uber Cup is being held alongside the men's event, the Thomas Cup, which gets under way tomorrow.