Twelve months ago, Ostapenko followed in the path of several of the game's brightest young talents by lifting the Wimbledon girls' singles crown. Eugenie Bouchard and Belinda Bencic are a few of the names to have tasted junior success at the All-England Club in recent times and it may not be long before Ostapenko is rubbing shoulders with them at the top of the senior ranks.
The young Latvian made a significant step on this journey out on No.8 Court on Monday, outclassing Suárez Navarro, 6-2, 6-0, to register her maiden Grand Slam win.
Suárez Navarro has been one of the most consistent performers on tour in 2015, reaching the quarterfinals or better at 10 events. However, on her Grand Slam main draw debut, it was Ostapenko that looked like the seasoned veteran.
After an early exchange of breaks, Ostapenko took complete control, rattling through the rest of the set as the winners began to flow. The second set was even more emphatic, Ostapenko wrapping up victory in 52 minutes to set up a second round meeting with WTA Rising Star Kristina Mladenovic.
If recent form is anything to go by, Mladenovic is likely to present a sterner test for the World No.147. In her warm up events in 's-Hertogenbosch and Birmingham, the Frenchwoman reached the quarter and semifinals, respectively, and she maintained this rich vein of form during a 6-2, 6-1 win over Alexandra Dulgheru.
Also advancing in this section of the draw were former semifinalists Victoria Azarenka and Kirsten Flipkens. Azarenka, who has endured a difficult few years with injuries, eased past Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, while Flipkens fought back to defeat Annika Beck, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.