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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek is officially in her Red era after Roland Garros victory
The 22-year-old top seed opened up about the origins of her Swiftie fandom after easing into the third round in Paris.
Published Jun 01, 2023
WATCH: Swiatek enjoyed a relatively straightforward victory over Claire Liu on Thursday to reach the third round.
PARIS—I don’t know about you, but Iga Swiatek is feeling 22.
The top seed, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Wednesday, confirmed as much after advancing through the second match of her Roland Garros title defense on Thursday, signing the camera lens with lyrics from Taylor Swift’s iconic anthem.
“It’s been in my head for sure,” Swiatek said of the song in her post-match press conference.
The birthday celebrations began with an appropriately epic cake presented by tournament director Amélie Mauresmo and spilled into her Court Philippe-Chatrier clash with Claire Liu, which she ultimately won in straight sets.
As the world No. 1 continues her domination of her favorite major tournament, Swift advances through her eponymous Eras Tour, prompting the question: just which era is Swiatek in right now?
“That's a tough one,” she said after a pause. “I don't think I'll ever get to Reputation era, though, because it's pretty aggressive. I love these two albums, folklore. and evermore.
“But I always felt like my favorite album was Red, so maybe this one.”
Later in press, Swiatek opened up about the country-turned-pop sensation, whose albums make frequent appearances on her playlists.
“You know, when I was younger and kind of confused about life and when I was a teenager, when I listened to her, I didn't feel alone. Also, I learned English by listening to her songs, so she was always kind of close to me.”
With only Wang Xinyu standing between Swiatek and the second week, can the Pole keep making it Roland Garros (Iga’s Version)?