Ostapenko stunned the sport three years ago with her run to the title in Paris, claiming a first career crown by seeing off the likes of Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, and Simona Halep
French Open 2020 Round-up: Novak Djokovic beats Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, Sofia Kenin through to third round
Kenin failed to convert three match points with Bogdan serving at 5-1 in the final set. She then saved three break points in the next game and held on to win.
French Open 2020: Paris bubble not a real bubble, but French capital remains off-limits for players, coaches
Players, coaches and others are not getting the chance to sightsee or stroll, eat at their favourite brasserie or enjoy a croissant at a sidewalk cafe during the 15-day #RolandGarros
French Open 2020 Round-up: Novak Djokovic eases past Mikael Ymer in straight sets; Karolina Pliskova into second round
Second seed Karolina Pliskova was made to work hard for the win by Mayar Sherif but the Czech's greater experience eventually told as she recovered from a set down to progress 6-7 (9/11), 6-2, 6-4.
World number two Halep, 28, was competing in her third Rome WTA final, having finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018 on the clay at the Foro Italico.
Halep, who lost to Elina Svitolina in the 2017 and 2018 finals, will face either Karolína Plíšková or Markéta Vondroušová in Monday's championship match.
Italian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal enter quarter-final; Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova also through to last eight
Nadal proved too strong for 25th-ranked Lajovic, who had valiantly but vainly launched a fightback after trailing 4-0 in the second set to the Spaniard.
Italian Open 2020: Simona Halep extends winning streak to 11 matches; Novak Djokovic beats Filip Krajinovic
Halep, who is actually on an 11-0 run overall stretching back to February, recovered an early break in the opening set and then overpowered her 29th-ranked opponent the rest of the way.
Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at the US Open, made her mood clear during a 6-1, 7-6 (2) loss to Caroline Garcia by throwing a racket, then again afterward with a series of clipped responses at her news conference.
US Open 2020: Novak Djokovic beats Kyle Edmund to enter third round; Caroline Garcia stuns Karolina Pliskova
Pliskova – the 28-year-old world number three from the Czech Republic – suffered a miserable 1-6, 6-7 exit to a confident Garcia who rushed to a 5-0 lead in the first set.
US Open 2020: Talk of 'fake bubble,' 'bubble in bubble' on Day 1 as Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka post wins
US Open tournament director Stacey Allaster said players potentially exposed to the virus because of contact with Paire now must be tested daily for COVID-19, instead of every four days.
Coco Gauff's hopes of launching another deep run at a Grand Slam ended in the first round at the US Open, with the US teenager succumbing in three sets to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.
US Open 2020 Women's Singles preview: COVID-19 withdrawals turn already unpredictable category into free-for-all
Ahead of tennis' return to the big stage, Firstpost takes a look at the US Open Women's Singles draw and attempts to determine the potential outcome of all four quarters
Western & Southern Open: Pliskova, Kenin suffer defeats in opening matches; Tsitsipas beats Anderson
It was a stunning turn of events on a day that saw men's fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas lead the way into the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson.
US Open: Karolina Pliskova goes against the trend of withdrawals, says she's looking forward to Major
Karolina Pliskova's words are in stark contrast to a series of withdrawals from the tournament held in a country which has been hit the worst by the COVID-19 pandemic.
World No 12 Petra Kvitova returned to court dressed for Roland Garros but was happy to triumph in the women’s draw at an all-Czech tournament.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova excited to make return at all-Czech tournament for charity
World number 12 Kvitova will headline an all-Czech tournament in Prague starting Tuesday without spectators, handshakes or the usual towel service
Coronavirus Outbreak: Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova to lead teams in fundraiser competition for fight against COVID-19
Pliskova’s team will include her twin-sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincová and Nikola Bartunkova
Qatar Open: Garbine Muguruza sets up quarter-finals against Ash Barty; Karolina Pliskova loses to rising star Ons Jabeur
Former No 1 Garbiñe Muguruza beat Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open.