Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova is on a wave of confidence since winning her maiden title in Biel/Bienne; how will she fare in her first Grand Slam main draw alongside fellow dangerous qualifiers like Sara Errani and Bethanie Mattek-Sands?
WTA Insider Victoria Chiesa

Twelve of the 128 women who make up the field at the 2017 French Open earned their way in via qualifying, but you might want to remember one name in particular: Marketa Vondrousova.

Even if she doesn't quite believe it.

"It's crazy - everyone is starting to know me!" the Czech told WTA Insider after a qualifying round win over Anna Blinkova, 6-1, 6-4. "I think I'm playing great. I'm not used to [the tension], but I should be because it's going to be more and more. I'm just trying to focus on my game and everything."

The teenager shocked the tour with a title at the inagural Ladies Open Biel Bienne this spring, which skyrocketed her ranking into the Top 200. The hundreds continued to roll off her ranking as she cracked the top 100 thanks to a win at the ITF $100,000 event in Trnava, Slovakia, last week - though she missed the main draw cutoff for Paris.

Nonetheless, she sparkled in qualifying. Vondrousova rolled through three matches, dropping a total of seven games, to make her Grand Slam main draw debut.

"The first one was like 40 minutes, and I just played really great," Vondrousova assessed. "I think she was a bit injured because she didn't serve well, but I think I played great tennis and the second match was the same. Today's match was a little bit difficult because we know each other from the juniors.

"The first set, she missed a lot but then she started playing great. I was 5-3, and then I lost my serve, and I was like, 'Oh my god, it's going to be a tough match!' but then I won her serve and I'm glad I did it like this."

With 50 match wins on the season thus far, the 17-year-old is entering uncharted territory in every match she plays. 

"I am a bit tired, but I just try to play every match. I played in Trnava from the first round, but I didn't play three sets - and I think that's better for me!" Vondrousova said of her eight-match winning streak. "In a key situation, I'm a bit confident and I'm serving well, so I think it's good for me. I just grew up on clay, so I'm used to it - but my game [works] more on a hard court. I'm feeling great everywhere."

While she's been making noise with her results on court, Vondrousova doesn't describe herself as such -- both in demeanor and off the court.

"I'm just watching my phone every second," she laughed. "I'm a bit quiet, I like hanging out with friends...and spending time with my family. I talk to my mom often, and with my boyfriend. He played [tennis] but now he's in college."

The family-oriented lefty began playing tennis at four years old before moving to Prague alone at 15 to train full-time - and she recalled that the biggest adjustment had little to do with tennis.

"I just started high school, but it was diffciult for me because nobody [was there to] wash my clothes and...I cooked, like, pasta and chicken - easy things!"

Just two years later, Vondrousova is experiencing another period of adjustment - just this time, with a few more eyes watching her.

"I was in the juniors last year, and I couldn't imagine I would be here [in the main draw] this year -- it's like a dream."

Errani eager for main draw return

Former finalist Sara Errani might've made it look easy, but making her 10th straight appearance in the main draw of the French Open was hardly a given. 

The 2012 finalist, forced to play qualifying at a major for the first time since 2007 as she was outside the world's top 100 at the entry deadline, defeated Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 6-0 on Friday in the final qualifying round to punch her ticket into the tournament.

The Italian, currently sitting at World No.91, surrendered just seven games in three qualifying matches.

Martic, Haddad Maia making moves

Another player who had a breakthrough tournament in the shadow of Errani's 2012 run was Petra Martic - and she's back where it all began.

The Croatian ousted Maryna Zanevska in a marathon three-setter, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-6(5), in over three hours to make her first Grand Slam main draw in two years. The 26-year-old, who shocked then-World No.8 Marion Bartoli en route to the fourth round in Paris five years ago, has struggled with injury and has been forced off tour for extended periods in the years since.

Currently ranked World No.258, Martic is far off her best career ranking of World No.42, but is 18-3 since returning to tennis in April for the first time since Wimbledon qualifying a year ago.

At the other end of the spectrum is 20-year-old Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who will also be making her Grand Slam main draw debut. Like Vondrousova, the South American southpaw did not drop a set in qualifying, and has been rounding into one of the most dangerous in-form players to come out of qualifying this week.

A quarterfinalist at the WTA event in Prague, the Brazilian then won her biggest career title at the ITF $100,000 event in Cagnes-Sur-Mer last week. It's been a banner week for Haddad Maia in more ways than one, as she was announced as one of the recipients of the International Player Grand Slam® Grants financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund and the ITF, to assist with competition-related costs.

Doubles World No.1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands is back into the main draw as well, after defeating the former World No. 31 and recently-returned from wrist surgery Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-1. The American first played at Roland Garros in 2006 and reached the second week in 2013.

No.4 qualifying seed Richel Hogenkamp also advanced after having little trouble with Great Britain's Heather Watson, 6-0, 6-3.

Other qualifiers for the main draw include: Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova, who rallied from a set down to defeat Aleksandra Krunic, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Romanian Ana Bogdan, who ended home favorite Virginia Razzano's run, 6-4, 6-0; and Miyu Kato, an Australian Open semifinalist in doubles in Januray, who will be making her Grand Slam singles debut after ousting Ons Jabeur, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Rounding out the group, former quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck defeated Lucie Hradecka, 6-4, 6-3; in addition, Canada's Francoise Abanda will make her French Open main draw debut after defeating Jang Su-jeong, and Quirine Lemoine won an all-Dutch battled against Arantxa Rus, 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.