But the Catalonian has a plan to manage the expectations as the title holder at Indian Wells.
“I try to trick myself and say I won it in October, so I'm not quite defending it. So it's not that much pressure,” said Badosa.
“But still, I know it's a big title. I just want to play match by match. I want to get my best tennis on court, to enjoy competing. That's a little bit the key of last year, I was enjoying every minute on court. I was fighting for every ball until the last one and that's what made me win so many matches and made me get to world No.4.”
Badosa is seeded fifth at Indian Wells and opens her campaign against Czech world No.42 Tereza Martincova.
On the ATP side, Cameron Norrie, who last year became the first British champion in the 45-year history of the tournament, begins his title defence against Spain's Pedro Martinez.