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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Azarenka keeps chin up in face of pain

Playing through pain: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka played on through pain in the sixth game of her round-robin finale.

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Turning back the clock

Fighter: Jelena Jankovic belts a return against Li Na at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Linda Pearce After a slide, Jelena Jankovic has returned to what she does best.

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Victoria Azarenka plays through pain to avoid post-match 'discussion'

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka did not win, but felt she could not win, either.

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WTA Championships: Serena Williams powers through as Li Na claims consecutive wins

Linda Pearce Li Na has what she calls "one feet" in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams, typically, has jumped in with both.

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Resurgent Jankovic shines

Linda Pearce Decline of Jelena Jankovic in the seasons before this one has coincided with the rise of Victoria Azarenka but, temporarily, positions have been reversed.

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Jelena Jankovic stuns Victoria Azarenka at WTA Championships

Jelena Jankovic.

Linda Pearce After a two-year absence from the WTA Championships, born-again Jelena Jankovic has made an emphatic return to the season finale.

Victoria Azarenka: men should play three sets

Victoria Azarenka:

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka has her own take on the current debate over best-of-three-sets tennis versus best-of-five. "I actually think men should play three sets," said the dual Australian Open winner.

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Serena Williams' dominance tipped to continue at season-ending Istanbul WTA Championships

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce The question is as it was, and remains this: can Serena Williams be beaten?

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Stosur misses big dance

Romania's Simona Halep kisses her trophy after her victory over Samantha Stosur in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's two-final, one-title end to the season comes too late.

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Dokic to serve up another return

In the swing: Jelena Dokic.

Linda Pearce Jelena Dokic seeks Australian launching pad for yet another career resurrection

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Peers is making his mark, at the double

Australia's John Peers hits out.

Linda Pearce John Peers has the ability and pedigree to succeed, writes Linda Pearce.

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Nadal loses to del Potro in Shanghai Masters upset

Rafael Nadal defeated by Juan Martin del Potro.

Linda Pearce There will not be a 39th instalment, not yet, in the prolific series between reinstated world No.1 Rafael Nadal and the man he usurped.

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Dethroned Djokovic first into final of Masters

Oh yeah: A jubilant Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Defending champion eliminates seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5.

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Del Potro 'beaten' before his semi against Nadal

No. 1: Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce Seventh-seeded Juan del Potro trails Rafael Nadal 8-3 in career meetings.

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Federer phenomenon rolls on

Always charming: Roger Federer signs autographs during a meet-the-fans event before the Shanghai Masters.

Linda Pearce He's in decline, but you wouldn't know it given the continued adoration of his fans.

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Novak Djokovic defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take semi-final in Shanghai

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts to his win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the singles semifinal match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Djokovic won  6-2, 7-5.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Linda Pearce The world No.1 ranking is again Rafael Nadal's, but the first place in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters belongs to Novak Djokovic.

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Novak Djokovic back on form at Shanghai Masters with defeat against Gael Monfils

Linda Pearce Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost his first set of the tournament but won his way safely through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Gael...

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There's hope still for Tomic to realise potential, says legend Laver

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Rod Laver remains optimistic about the career prospects of Bernard Tomic.

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Monfils beats Federer in Shanghai

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer is not yet ready to concede, but the evidence of his decline is mounting.

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Tomic bites bullet on new coach to replace father

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic acknowledges the time has come, finally, to appoint a new coach.