Kenin broke Ostapenko nine times and overcame six double faults as she watched the Latvian commit 48 unforced errors. Ostapenko drops to 2-4 in Paris since her win in 2017.
Kenin fights past Ostapenko in blockbuster clash
In this highly-anticipated showdown, Ostapenko got the early jump on the match, taking a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately for her, the errors crept into her game as Kenin broke back and the American would go on to save a break point to level at 4-4.
A double fault by the Latvian set up break point and a weak second serve gave Kenin the opportunity to attack and she made no mistake, breaking for a 5-4 lead. She served out the set with little difficulty and had the lead despite largely being outplayed.
As in the first set, the 2017 champion was on top early, converting her third break chance of the game courtesy of a Kenin double fault and she held a 3-1 advantage. Back-to-back forehands put the fourth seed back on serve at 4-3, but consecutive backhand errors eventually gave Ostapenko the set to level the match.
The third set saw a reversal of the first two sets as it was Kenin racing out to the early lead thanks to an immediate break. After holding she grabbed a second break behind a glorious backhand winner to make the score 3-0.
Seven consecutive breaks of serve followed and with Kenin holding a 5-3 advantage, she capped the hard-fought contest with a break to love, securing her seventh win in the last eight matches in Paris.