Pierce has been handed a wild card for Paris
Very little has gone right for Mary Pierce since she became the first French woman to win the Roland Garros title in 23 years in 2000.
At the time, she put her victory down to her renewed faith in God and her steady relationship with American baseball player Roberto Alomar.
Two years later, she has only just returned from a series of injuries that prevented her from defending the French Open title and has split up with Alomar.
The injuries included tendinitis in both ankles, back problems and most recently a strained stomach muscle that forced her to pull out of her first-round match at the Australian Open after losing the first four games to American Jill Craybas.
Nothing happens by chance. I wanted certain changes in my life.
But Pierce returned to the tour in April. Although she did not earn too many headlines, she was at least competing again and has been given a wild card for the French Open.
She said: "As far as my relationship with Roberto is concerned, I'd say that I had an enriching experience living with him and that I learned a lot.
"I think the good Lord sent me my injury in order to tell me: 'Right, now you can rest, recover, think about what you want to do with your life and then act.'
"Nothing happens by chance. I wanted certain changes in my life. And in fact, this injury break worked because I was kept very busy."
Early in her career Pierce was dogged by the behaviour of father, a problem she shares with another Paris hopeful, Jelena Dokic.
In Paris last year, the draw opened up for Dokic, now 19, when seeds Venus Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Nathalie Tauziat all went out in the first round.
But she was unable to capitalise and lost to qualifier Petra Mandula in the third round.
Dokic shares father troubles with Pierce
But since then she has gone up another level and made the world's top 10 for the first time in October.
She has won tournaments, including both the singles and doubles titles at Sarasota, but continues to be dogged by niggling injuries, usually to the thigh and hamstring.
Mauresmo was many experts' tip for the title last year when she was fifth seed. She burst on the scene as a 19-year-old in 1999 when she reached the Australian Open final and her backhand is among the best in the game.
But she has often failed to deliver when it matters and last year lost to German Jana Kandarr in straight sets in the first round. In February she picked up seventh career title in Dubai.
Another player who has perhaps failed to live up to her early promise is Russian 20-year-old Elena Dementieva, who reached the US Open semi-final two years ago.
Her record in Paris is uninspiring, having gone out in the second round each of the last three years.