Fruhvirtova to Errani: Five to watch in women’s qualifying

The quest to reach the RG2024 main draw begins on Monday.

Brenda Fruhvirtova 2e tour qualifications Roland-Garros 2023©Cedric Lecocq / FFT
 - Alex Sharp

Women's qualifying kicks off on the pristine grounds of Roland-Garros on Monday morning with Czech sisters Brenda Fruhvirtova and Linda Fruhvirtova among the 128 hopefuls ready to roll.

Just 16 highly coveted main draw tickets are up for grabs with the likes of 2012 finalist Sara Errani and in-form Argentine Julia Riera the top two seeds.


Let's take a look at some players to keep an eye on during this qualifying campaign in Opening Week.

Sara Errani (ITA)

Twelve years ago Errani was runner-up in the Roland-Garros 2012 final to former world No.1 Maria Sharapova.

The former world No.5 is still picking up plenty of results and is hungry for singles success to complement her career Grand Slam within the doubles ranks.

Errani, who has five top-five wins to her name in Paris, started her clay stint with a semi-final showing in Bogota, Colombia. The 37-year-old then qualified for the main draw in Stuttgart and Madrid. 

The top seed this week, Errani begins in a clash with American Ann Li, in what will be their first meeting.

The experienced Italian knows exactly how to navigate this gauntlet and has previously won through qualifying in Paris in 2017 and 2020.

Sara Errani et Maria Sharapova, Roland-Garros 2012, finale©Sindy Thomas / FFT

Brenda Fruhvirtova (CZE)

Rewind to Roland-Garros 2023 and Brenda dazzled on debut in Paris, securing three victories to book a main draw spot. A 6-4, 6-2 scoreline was a gallant effort in a first round loss facing world No.4 Elena Rybakina.

The 17-year-old is back in the French capital with six ITF titles in the trophy cabinet since last summer as well as having won through qualifying at the Australian Open in January.

Last time out in Rome earlier this month, Fruhvirtova stormed through qualifying at the WTA 1000 event before a three-set victory over Taylor Townsend.

Can the Czech youngster replicate her major moves? First up, the fourth seed must tackle the challenge presented by Slovakia's Viktoria Hruncakova.

Sister Linda Fruhvirtova is also hunting down a main draw opportunity. The 19-year-old opens against Iryna Shymanovich.

Julia Riera (ARG)

The second seed this week, Riera has hit a purple patch of late.

The 21-year-old finished her 2023 campaign on clay in December with an ITF semi-final on home soil in Argentina and an ITF quarter-final in Uruguay, which provided the springboard to crack the top 100 this season.

The Argentine, seeking a maiden major main draw berth, has lifted two titles at the ITF level in the past month - at Chiasso, Switzerland and Wiesbaden, Germany - as well as a semi-final venture at the WTA 125 event in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

World No.186 Natalija Stevanovic will provide the first test. Plenty of wins, plenty of claycourt prowess, Riera is going to take some stopping.

Kaia Kanepi (EST)

Any surface on any cour, Kaia Kanepi presents a danger and when on song, has the blistering game to trouble anyone.

The Estonian 38-year-old has built a reputation as a seed slayer at the majors and has a full set of quarter-final appearances at the four Grand Slams, including at Roland-Garros in 2008 and 2012.

At RG2022, the former world No.15 overhauled ex-champion and 10th seed Garbine Muguruza from a set down in their opening round. It extended her impressive standing against seeds at the majors to 19 such victories.

Australian Open 2022 girls' champion Petra Marcinko and Kanepi will collide in the first round.

Kaia Kanepi, R2, Roland-Garros 2022Nicolas Gouhier / FFT

Emiliana Arango (COL)

Colombian Emiliana Arango shot to prominence last September on the hard courts in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Top 40 upsets over Anastasia Potapova and Sloane Stephens meant the former top 10 junior became the first Colombian woman to make the quarter-finals of a WTA 1000 since 2004.

Patience and perseverance have been required during multiple injury setbacks, however this season the world No.118 has qualified for the Miami Open and in Madrid. The 23-year-old's success in the Spanish capital included a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) comeback over American former world No.21 Amanda Anisimova.

The 15th seed has Julia Avdeeva in her path in the qualifying first round.

Arango is a lively player who opts for the Lleyton Hewitt-style backwards cap on court and loves to connect with a hotshot.

Emiliana Arango, Roland-Garros 2023, qualifying first round© Loïc Wacziak/FFT