Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.

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Marinko Matosevic ready to take on Federer in Brisbane quarter-finals

Linda Pearce Matosevic's clash with Federer will be a battle between elegance and excitability.

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Rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova happy to let tennis do the talking

Sharapova and Williams.

Linda Pearce The record may be one-sided, but the animosity has run both ways.

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Hewitt swings a berth in the quarter finals of the Brisbane International

Linda Pearce Regardless of whether or not this is Lleyton Hewitt's farewell tour, the 32-year-old's next stop is the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

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Hewitt's body and fighting spirit united as he dispatches fellow evergreen

LLeyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Regardless of whether or not this is Lleyton Hewitt's farewell tour, the 32-year-old's next stop is the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

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Sharapova, Williams: it's getting personal

Linda Pearce The record may be one-sided but the animosity has run both ways. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are the two biggest names in women's tennis, and Brisbane will host the pair's first meeting since...

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Roger Federer has been a coup for the Brisbane International

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce However much it cost to help lure Federer to Brisbane, it was money well spent.

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Marinko Matosevic in ''L" of a win

Marinko Matosevic

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic reaches his first quarter-final by defeating American Sam Querrey.

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Ashleigh Barty backed to have fun against Maria Sharapova

Linda Pearce, Phil Lutton Ashleigh Barty's coach Jason Stoltenberg expects her to play without fear against career grand slam winner Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, in the biggest match of the 17-year-old's career.

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Ashleigh Barty pulls out of Open lead-up events

Confident: Ashleigh Barty has been in great form.

Linda Pearce Rising Australian star pulls out after suffering a small tear in her left adductor.

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Hewitt's experience sees him through first round

Linda Pearce Before 2013 had quite ended, Lleyton Hewitt started the 2014 season with a win.

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Tennis: Injured Ash Barty pulls out of Brisbane International

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31:  Ashleigh Barty of Australia serves in her doubles match partnered with Casey Dellacqua against Varvara Lepchenko of the USA and Raluca Olaru of Romania during day three of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on December 31, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce Rising Australian star Ashleigh Barty will not play Maria Sharapova in the Brisbane International, and will not play again before the Australian Open, having withdrawn from the grand slam lead-up...

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Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt stretched by Aussie teen at Brisbane International

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia hits a return during his first round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament at Patrick Rafter Arena in Brisbane on December 31, 2013.     AFP PHOTO / Patrick Hamilton
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Linda Pearce On New Year's Eve, victory for an old-timer. Before 2013 had quite ended, Lleyton Hewitt started the 2014 season with a 6-3, 7-5 defeat of a future Australian star, 17-year-old qualifier Thanasi...

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Marinko Matosevic finally wins in Australia and sets sights on Open

Got one: Marinko Matosevic has won for the first time in Australia.

Linda Pearce There were two gorillas clinging to Marinko Matosevic; now there is one.

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Roger Federer looks for new angles with new specialist coach Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Champion asked if new coach means he needs to play more aggressively.

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Stars back for Australian tennis season

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce and Phil Lutton, Brisbane Another season, a familiar issue for Serena Williams: how to repeat the extraordinary success achieved in the year almost gone?

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Defending champion Victoria Azarenka hopes for a warm reception when she returns for the 2014 Australian Open

Silver lining: Victoria Azarenka with the spoils of her 2013 Australian Open title.

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka says turbulent times on the court have taught her much about life.

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Victoria Azarenka shrugs off fuss over return to Australia

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka play beach tennis while opening the Hua Hin Beach Tennis Championship in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, on Saturday.

Linda Pearce Issue of controversial semi-final medical time-out pursued her through a difficult season.

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Sam Stosur is feeling her way with new coach Miles Maclagan

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's initial December training session with Miles Maclagan felt a little like the first date with a new partner after the end of a long marriage.

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Matthew Ebden to hit top, former coach tips

Rising fast: Matthew Ebden will be Australia's No. 1, says Peter McNamara.

Linda Pearce Peter McNamara warns against an over-investment in Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Matthew Ebden will be No 1: McNamara

Matthew Ebden

Linda Pearce Experienced Australian coach Peter McNamara has warned against an over-investment in the prospects of boom teenagers Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, while predicting that his former client,...