The Spanish player needs matches and, towards that end, signed up to play at the WTA 250 event in Hua Hin. She had a pretty decent experience in Australia but didn't play many matches, which players need any time they return from a long layoff.
Her first match in Thailand was tricky as she barely survived against a native player who had a pretty decent shot at winning the match. Badosa wasn't inches from a defeat, but she flirted with it for a while.
In the end, she won, which is why she set up a second-round clash with the young Russian, and she'll need to do much better against Shnaider. The Russian is a talented 19-year-old player on the verge of returning to the Top 100 in the WTA Rankings.
The last time she faced Badosa wasn't a very good time for her, but it was under unique circumstances. They played in Charleston, which is not a typical clay court and favours an attacking player like Badosa.
It was also at a time last year when the Spaniard was starting to find her best tennis. The final score was 6-1 6-3 for the former world no. 2, but that certainly won't happen this time around because she's far from her best.
Badosa not winning the match would be a surprise, though, as Shnaider is still very raw. We might see a battle, but in the end, Badosa should be able to win. She'll get better with every match she plays, and she'll find a good level eventually, and then she'll be one of the feared players again.
Prediction: Paula Badosa to win in three sets.