Former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko moved through to the quarterfinals in Rome for the third time in her career with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over Daria Kasatkina on Monday in Rome.
Ostapenko, the No.20 seed, previously reached the last eight in 2018 and 2021, and this week, she added a Top 10 win over Kasatkina to the Top 15 win over No.13 (and No.10 seed) Barbora Krejcikova that she scored in the previous round.
In one minute short of 2 hours, Ostapenko extended her career head-to-head lead over Kasatkina to 5-2, but Friday's win was her first on clay over Kasatkina at tour-level.
How the match was won: Ostapenko came from a break down twice in the first set, at 1-0 and 4-3. After winning three straight games to capture the opener, though, the Latvian lost serve in a titanic five-deuce game to open the second set, and never got even before she raced away with the decider.
In a middle set that lasted nearly an hour, Kasatkina saved four break points in a six-deuce second game of the second set, and saved three more in another six-deuce eighth game.
However, the third set was all the Latvian, particularly in clutch moments: She broke Kasatkina twice after deuce in the first four games, and saved the lone break point she faced to go up 5-0.
Up next: Ostapenko will next face either Paula Badosa or Karolina Muchova for a spot in the semifinals. The match the pair were expected to play on Monday was rained out.