However, she stormed back to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 and get the win.
Asked how he maintained belief when trailing the 6-foot-8 Anderson, the 5-foot-7 Schwartzman replied: "Did you read David and Goliath?"
"Sometimes a coach or people came and say it's going to be really hard for you to play tennis and I think it was true, it wasn't easy".
PARIS-Serena Williams tried to play through the pain of an injured chest muscle.
"When I started to play tennis it was not like this".
"I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old.
She defeated No. 11 seed Julia Gorges in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 in advancing to the Round of 16, but said she began to feel the right pectoral injury during that match. "He's a player that has a good serve, good forehand". He's fast, fit and enjoys the physicality of the best-of-five format.
The 23-times Grand Slam champion also expressed her surprise that so much of Sharapova's book revolved around her.
Keys is now in her third consecutive major quarterfinal dating back to the 2017 US Open.
"I hadn't had a withdrawal (against me) in - I don't know how long".
"I love playing Maria - it's just a match I always get up for".
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Carlos Moya, an ex-world No. 1 who coaches Nadal, agrees with his charge. "It's the same in other sports too", said Moya. "I was looking forward to my match against Serena and am disappointed that she had to withdraw", said Sharapova in a statement.
Venus, posting on her verified account, wrote: "Go @serenawilliams (I'm a big fan!) I'm also a big fan of WS doubles, just warming up, stay tuned!"
The rivalry between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams is one of the most renewed ones in the new Millennium because of the players' importance and some comments made by them, especially Sharapova who mentioned in her autobiography Serena was crying like a baby after losing the 2004 Wimbledon final.
"So I have no expectations, no pressure. He has all the recipes". "I was trying what I could, but it just wasn't enough today".
"Many people are shy with the media, it's not easy". I'm having an MRI soon, but I wanted to keep you guys totally updated. "I'm always the same person".
For now, Williams is out of the French Open and Maria Sharapova has made to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The fifth-seeded del Potro reached the semifinals in 2009, the same year he also won the U.S. Open.
"So I'm not going to fight with myself about that".
Unfortunately, not all news has been positive when it comes to Argentinean tennis.
Once it became clear the Williams-Sharapova match was going to go on as scheduled, the 36-year-old American pulled out of the tournament.
"It was not easy, nobody expected that". And all of the things you've done make your question worse. "I didn't know what kind of problem, but I knew there was something really wrong", Mouratoglou said.