WATCH: Iga Swiatek beat Cristina Bucsa in the opening round of her title defense in Paris.


I don't know about you, but Iga Swiatek is feelin' 22. The defending Roland Garros champion had a sparkling birthday celebration on Wednesday in Paris, complete with an impressive birthday cake that wouldn't have looked out of place in the window of one of Paris' best patisseries.

Swiatek was served an impressive treat, topped with fresh cream, strawberries and sparklers, and gifted a bag with presents from tournament director Amélie Mauresmo, as staff serenaded her with a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday.'

It's been a tradition for the Polish star to celebrate her birthday each in Paris since her first appearance as a junior in 2016—not counting her breakthrough triumph in 2020, when it was moved to October.

Swiatek later reflected on her 'Taylor Swift year' in an Instagram post, where skier Lindsey Vonn and Paula Badosa, who was forced to withdraw from Roland Garros with a back injury, were among those to send her birthday greetings.

"I see you, I see your kind words. Thank you so much," Swiatek wrote, underneath a photo of her as a little girl with (another) big birthday cake.


In her first match as a 22-year-old, Swiatek will face American Claire Liu in the second round of Roland Garros on Court Philippe-Chatrier Thursday.