While Badosa defeated her in Indian Wells and Madrid, the Russian owns the lead in their global head-to-head, having won the three previous match-ups. They have split their two meetings on clay, on Badosa’s favourite surface.
Sabalenka, a player who can blast anyone off the court with her booming groundstrokes, will meet another big hitter in the mercurial No.28 seed Camila Giorgi on Court Simonne-Mathieu.
The Belarusian has amassed strong results throughout the clay-court swing. She reached the Stuttgart final and semi-finals in Rome, bowing out to world No.1 Iga Swiatek on both occasions.
It will be Sabalenka and Giorgi’s third meeting (1-1), with Sabalenka hoping to make it 2-0 on clay courts.