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French Open 2024: Paula Badosa vs Aryna Sabalenka preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming details

Published at :June 1, 2024 at 4:01 PM
Modified at :June 1, 2024 at 4:01 PM
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RAUSHAN BHUMIHAR


Aryna Sabalenka has beaten Badosa in each of their past three meetings on clay.

This will be the third time Aryna Sabalenka will take on her best friend Paula Badosa on the tour in 2024. World number #2, Sabalenka, has been in tremendous form in her last two matches. The Belarusian hasn’t dropped a single set en route to the third round of French Open 2024.

However, on the other hand, Spaniard Badosa looked shaky in her last two matches. The 26-year-old found herself in trouble in the first set of both matches. Nevertheless, she held her nerves and showed grit and determination to win both matches in three sets and advance.

Sabalenka defeated Japanese Moyuka Uchijima in the second round in straight sets, 6-2,6-2. In a one-sided affair, Sabalenka won a total of 62 points and five games in a row against Uchijima and secured her place in the third round of the tournament. 

Badosa was up against Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva, and she fought hard to prevail in a three-set match, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Badosa was one set down against Putintseva in a rain-interrupted clash, however, she rallied in consecutive sets to set up a battle with her bestie Sabalenka.

Paula Badosa vs Aryna Sabalenka match details

Date: June 1 (Saturday)

Time: 4:45 PM IST (Tentative)

Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris

Paula Badosa vs Aryna Sabalenka preview

The Belarusian has not felt any resistance so far at the tournament, she easily went past Erika Adreeva in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) to commence her campaign at the 2024 French Open. Sabalenka looked in perfect shape at the beginning of the tournament. She had two finals in Rome and Madrid, where she invariably lost to world number #1 Iga Swiakek. 

Last year’s semifinalist, Sabalenka, managed to win two slams so far, including the 2024 Australian Open. Her clay form has been tremendous this season. Sabalenka has won 13 out of 16 matches on the court this season. And looking at her confidence thus far, she won’t hesitate to secure her next win against Badosa at Stade Roland Garros, Paris.

When we talk about Paula Badosa, The Spanish tennis player secured a three-set win against Kathy Boulter, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, to begin at Roland Garros. Badosa is currently ranked 139th in the world, however, she is a former world number two and capable of denting Sabalenka’s winning run. 

Badosa’s 2024 season has been blemished by injury concerns. Thus far in the season, she has had multiple withdrawals. Her last withdrawal came at the Stuttgart Open, where she had to quit the match in the third and deciding set against her best mate Sabalenka. 

Head-to-head records

Matches: 6

Aryna Sabalenka:

Paula Badosa: 2

The head-to-head record says Sabalenka leads in the stats by 4-2. On clay, Sabalenka has a 3-0 lead against Badosa. In their last completed match at the Miami Open, Sabalenka emerged victorious.

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Where and how to watch live streaming and TV broadcast of Paula Badosa vs Aryna Sabalenka, French Open 2024, third round match in India?

The match between Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa will be available for Indian viewers courtesy of Sony Sports Network’s TV channel bouquet and its streaming service SonyLiv.

Prediction

Sabalenka would be eyeing to continue her dominance against the Spanish tennis player. On the other hand, the Spaniard would try to improve the head-to-head record against the Belarusian.

If we look at the last three tournaments played by Badosa, she has reached the fourth round, first round, and second round. On the other hand, Sabalenka made it twice to the finals and the quarterfinals. Sabalenka has won the last 8 of her 10 matches. Badosa has won six out of her 10 matches.

Badosa has saved 66% of breakpoints against her and managed to convert 44% of break-point opportunities. Sabalenka has saved 61% of break points, whilst converting 47%.

Looking at the overall career stats, Paula Badosa has won 10 titles, and Aryna Sabalenka has won 23 titles. The last tournament Badosa won was Sydney Tennis Classic – Sydney in 2022. Sabalenka lifted the trophy at the Australian Open – Melbourne in January 2024.

The last time Paula Badosa Gibert played in this event was in 2022, and she reached the Third round, losing to Veronika Kudermetova with a score of 6-3 2-1 ret.

The last appearance of Aryna Sabalenka at this event was in 2023, and she made the Semifinals, falling to Karolina Muchova with a score of 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 7-5

 Result: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three sets.

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