Ajla Tomljanovic has showcased her French Open bona fides with an inspired run to the final of the Rabat Grand Prix in Morocco.
The resurgent Australian ultimately fell a win short of a maiden WTA crown, going down 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to rampant Belgian top seed Elise Mertens.
A surprise Australian Open semi-finalist, Mertens is unbeaten on clay in 2018 and looms as a Roland Garros dark horse after 12 straight wins and three titles this season.
But Tomljanovic is feeling equally upbeat after capping her comeback from two injury-crippled seasons with a first finals appearance since early 2015.
The 24-year-old will soar 25 spots up the rankings to No.71 in the world on Monday, guaranteeing her French Open direct entry for the first time in three years when the claycourt grand slam gets underway on May 27.
The Croatian-born star played last year's French Open on a protected ranking having plummeted to No.311 after a depressing run with shoulder injuries.
"I'm definitely not holding the trophy I wanted this week, but there were a lot of little victories I'm very happy with," Tomljanovic said.
"It was my first time in Rabat but I definitely hope it's not the last."
Tomljanovic was ultimately undone by 46 unforced errors but her daring approach forced a second-set tiebreaker after Mertens served for the match at 5-3.
Mertens's winning run has helped her rise to a career-high ranking of 16 before her Madrid Open campaign, which kicks off against compatriot Alison Van Uytvanck.
Tomljanovic will join Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova and former runner-up Samantha Stosur in the Roland Garros main draw.
Olivia Rogowska, Lizette Cabrera, Destanee Aiava, Priscilla Hon, Ellen Perez, Isabelle Wallace, Jaimee Fourlis and Kim Birrell will contest Australia's wildcard playoff in Paris from May 18-20.