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.

French Open Tennis

Sam Stosur's French Open optimism against Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur cannot let Dominika Cibulkova play the way she likes to, and Cibulkova knows she cannot allow Stosur to play the way she has.

Tennis

Is Sam Stosur a French Open smokey?

Australia's Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has done what she usually does: reach the third round of the French Open.

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Tennis

French Open loses Williams sisters in second round

It has been almost three years since both Williams lost on the same day.

Linda Pearce The anticipation for an all-Williams third round will go wanting as both sisters are defeated on the same day.

Tennis

Marinko Matosevic celebrates drought-breaking French Open win

Marinko Matosevic returns to Dustin Brown of Germany.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic's five-year, 12-match yearning for a maiden grand slam victory has ended and the celebration was worth the wait.

French Open: Bernard Tomic reveals loves and loathes at the French Open

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic admires Paris, but despises the French Open, where he lost, as usual, in the first round.

Tennis

Bernard Tomic's controversial French Open exit

Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's grand slam return lasts just 97 minutes, ended by 12th seed Richard Gasquet.

Tennis

Lleyton Hewitt out in first round of French Open

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt beaten in the first round of the French Open by Argentinian claycourter Carlos Berlocq.

Tennis

Li Na out of French Open in first round

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Tearful world No.103 Kristina Mladenovic beats Li Na 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in just over two hours.

Tennis

Samantha Stosur defies freak injury at French Open

Australia's Samantha Stosur serves to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.

Linda Pearce Samantha Stosur overcame a bloody training injury that required five stitches and two days off the court to get her French Open campaign off to a superb start.

Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka puzzled after Australian Open success

Stanislas Wawrinka leaves court after his first-round defeat.

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka’s first grand slam match as a grand slam champion has ended with a shock grand slam exit.

Tennis

Beaten Ashleigh Barty vows to keep striving

Ashleigh Barty hits out.

Linda Pearce As spectacularly as Ashleigh Barty's doubles game has flourished, a major singles breakthrough is proving more elusive.

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Tennis

Darren Cahill rules himself out of Tennis Australia job

Tennis racquet

Linda Pearce While Australia is still lacking a player in the men's top 40, it also remains without a head of its high performance program, with Darren Cahill having ruled himself out of contention.

Tennis

Easy first-round passage for Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic hits a return to Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Linda Pearce, Paris There is one piece missing from Novak Djokovic's grand slam puzzle: Roland Garros.

Tennis

Nishikori out, Sharapova waltzes through to second round

Maria Sharapova had an easy passage into the second round.

Linda Pearce, Paris With the demise of Kei Nishikori, the French Open men's draw lost its first single-figure seed early on a damp second day at Roland Garros.

Tennis

Marinko Matosevic hopes 13 is lucky charm

Marinko Matosevic will play his first-round match in the French Open on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic's celebration, if and when there finally is one, should really be something.

Tennis

Roger Federer eases through opener in Paris

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Swiss hands out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Slovakian Lukas Lacko on the opening day.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios first Australian to bow out of French Open

Nick Kyrgios stretches for a forehand return against Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios' time will come, but at least at Roland Garros, it will not be quite yet.

Tennis

Hard road ahead for Australians at French Open

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Linda Pearce The last Australian champion in Paris was Margaret Court in 1973, and it seems wildly optimistic to suggest that the long, long wait will end this year.

Netball

Geva Mentor's silver linings

Milestone: Melbourne Vixens' Geva Mentor plays her 100th game on Sunday against her original Australian club, the Thunderbirds.

Linda Pearce Geva Mentor never imagined where the decision to move from England to join Adelaide’s foundation ANZ Championship team would take her, and nor where her controversial relocation to the...

Netball

Netball revamp better for New Zealand than Australia, says Plummer

West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer.

Linda Pearce When the trans-Tasman netball league revealed it was considering splitting the existing 10-team competition into separate Australian and New Zealand conferences for which the top three in each would...