PARIS, France - Whether by a wildcard or through qualifying, six women will see their names in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time this week at Roland Garros. From former junior stars to players who paid their dues on the ITF Circuit, each of them has a unique story that sees them all looking towards the start of play on Sunday.
Read on to learn more about the main draw debutants at this year's French Open.
Amanda Anisimova (USA)
15-year-old prodigy Amanda Anisimova is the youngest player in the Roland Garros main draw, but she hadn't even played a senior match at this time last year.
Indeed, she was on the verge of her first noteworthy junior Grand Slam run, making the 2016 Roland Garros girls' final before losing to Rebeka Masarova. But the American's arrival in the pros has been spectacular.
On her debut - in US Open qualifying, no less - she took out a top 200 player in Veronica Cepede Royg. This year, she's reached three ITF Pro Circuit finals, scoring her first top 100 win (over Irina Khromacheva) in just her ninth professional match.
The most recent of those finals - in the Indian Harbour Beach $80,000 and the Dothan $60,000 tournaments in April - raised her ranking to World No.262 and earned her the USTA's reciprocal wildcard for Roland Garros, awarded to the best-performing American woman over four green clay ITF events.
Her smooth groundstrokes and effortless power confirm her status as one to watch -- and read more from Anisimova in her exclusive interview with WTA Insider.
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
When Beatriz Haddad Maia entered the Top 100 this month, it was a belated breakthrough for the powerful left-hander who has long been touted as Brazil's best prospect in decades.
Though she demonstrated her promise two years ago in reaching the 2015 Rio de Janeiro quarterfinals, where she held three match points over No.2 seed Sara Errani before being forced to retire
Hher rise in the rankings was stop-start and marked by injuries: back surgery in 2012, a shoulder problem that kept her out of the game for the second half of 2015 and even a fall at home in the 2016 off-season in which she fractured three vertebrae. But an extended run of health has given the 20-year-old the chance for a meteoric ascension, having been ranked as low as No.367 last July.
Since then, she has won four ITF Pro Circuit titles and scored her second WTA Tour quarterfinal in Prague. Haddad Maia's run through qualifying extended her winning streak to eight - in which time she hasn't dropped a set - and her overall 2017 win-loss record to 24-7, so this is one player who's ready to do some damage in the main draw.
Miyu Kato (JPN)
The Japanese World No.196 has reached most of her career milestones on hard courts: making her WTA Tour main draw debut as a qualifier in Hong Kong in 2015, notching up her first Top 30 win over Carla Suárez Navarro in Kuala Lumpur in February this year. The 22-year-old also won her third ITF $25,000 title last March on clay in Canberra and followed it up with her first Grand Slam qualifying victory at Roland Garros last year - so perhaps her passage through this year's qualifying rounds shouldn't have been as much of a surprise.
Kato, a player particularly adept at redirecting her opponent's pace, swept aside Arina Rodionova and Rebecca Sramkova without dropping a set before toughing out an impressive win over the in-form No.8 seed, former Roland Garros girls' champion Ons Jabeur 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Quirine Lemoine (NED)
Some rises are meteoric; others, slow and steady. 25-year-old Quirine Lemoine has been playing the ITF Pro Circuit since 2009, and previously had participated in just one WTA Tour main draw, as a qualifier in Florianopolis in 2015.
Over the past year, she's quietly risen to a career high of World No.160, though, thanks in part to her first three ITF $25,000 titles in the second half of last year. Despite having played just three matches on clay in 2017 coming into Roland Garros, the Dutchwoman fought through the qualifying rounds, winning each match in three sets - the final two over former Top 100 players Chang Kai-Chen and Arantxa Rus.
Chloe Paquet (FRA)
The 22-year-old wildcard has quietly put together one of the best runs of her career over the past nine months. Last August, her ranking was in the doldrums at No.473. Since then, Paquet has reached four ITF Pro Circuit finals and qualified for her second WTA Tour main draw (in Acapulco, in February) to haul it up to No.257 - just 18 places off the career high she set in 2015.
The Frenchwoman, who made her WTA main draw debut in Bogota last year, is making her debut in the Roland Garros main draw, having played the qualifying event twice as a wildcard, beating fellow wildcard Lou Brouleau in 2015.
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
To say that Marketa Vondrousova has taken tennis by storm in 2017 would be an understatement. The 17-year-old Czech began the year at the lowest level, in a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event, ranked World No.422 and having played no matches in half a year thanks to an elbow injury.
In five months, she's notched up 50 wins (including eight over top 100 players) against just six losses. April saw the former junior No.1 win her first WTA Tour title in Biel as a qualifier playing just her second main draw; a week later, she made her Fed Cup debut against the United States and, of course, it was a winning one.
There's been no let-down since her breakthrough: Vondrousova is on an eight-match winning streak, hasn't dropped a set since the start of May and blitzed her way through qualifying, dropping just seven games in three matches -- and called the whirlwind "a dream" in an interview with WTA Insider on Friday.
The Czech, who combines power, movement and finesse to result in a game that translates superbly across all surfaces, is the qualifier absolutely no main draw player will be keen to face, and begins her campaign against wildcard Amandine Hesse.