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.

Australian Open 2015: Stanislas Wawrinka knows another slam will be tough

Stanislas Wawrinka is the defending champion at Melbourne Park.

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka does not talk like a man who is expecting to sweep to a second consecutive Australian Open title in a fortnight.

Omar Jasika within one match of qualifying

Omar Jasika plays a forehand against John-Patrick Smith.

Linda Pearce As the average age of the men's elite has risen to exclude most teenagers from the pointy end of the game, Australia's 17-year-old US Open junior champion Omar Jasika is within one match of...

Australian Open 2015: What drives Bernard Tomic?

Reformed: Bernard Tomic says tennis is now the biggest priority  and other things must be put aside.

Linda Pearce What drives Bernard Tomic is a different question to what this notorious sporting leadfoot is driving these days, and the much-derided, yet undeniably gifted 22-year-old is understandably more...

Li Na favours Petra Kvitova for Australian Open

Li Na and and Stanislas Wawrinka carry the men's and women's singles trophies to the official draw at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday.

Linda Pearce Li Na has thrown her support behind her friend Petra Kvitova to win a first non-Wimbledon major, and empathised with Sam Stosur the difficulties of playing at home.

Jasika eyes grand slam appearance

Omar Jasika

Linda Pearce Having won a rare US Open junior double four months ago, Omar Jasika is now just one win away from his making his senior grand slam debut.

Experience tells in women's Australian Open qualifiers

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Linda Pearce Only the two senior citizens of the eight-member troupe of Australian women's qualifying hopefuls survived Thursday's first-round at Melbourne Park, as 32-year-old Anastasia Rodionova booked a Friday...

Victoria Azarenka ignores numbers in chase for better year

Art : Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce The number next to Victoria Azarenka's name in this year's Australian Open draw is not the high seeding she is used to, and a world ranking of No.

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Maria Sharapova off court: at ease and enjoying life to the full

Mark Webber drives Maria Sharapova to practice at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce For someone who has been scrutinised so closely since her life-changing Wimbledon success at the age of just 17, Maria Sharapova has developed her own auto-surveillance strategy.

No seeding for Kyrgios, but company for Stosur at the Australian Open

Unseeded for the Open: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce For all Nick Kyrgios' stellar progress in the past year, the host nation will again be without a seeded man when the Australian Open starts on Monday, although leading woman Sam Stosur will have...

1000 match wins for Roger Federer. Next, a fifth Australian Open?

Milos Raonic and Roger Federer with their trophies after the Brisbane International final.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer insists he would be flying home to Switzerland from Sydney  on Tuesday rather than south for a 16th Melbourne Park campaign if he did not genuinely believe himself capable of...

Federer wins 1000th career match and first Brisbane title

Roger Federer plays a backhand against Milos Raonic in the final of the Brisbane International.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer marches to yet another milestone, with his 1000th career victory and a maiden Brisbane International title.

Maria Sharapova closing in on Serena Williams and a return to world No.1 spot

Rising again: Maria Sharapova hits a forehand during the Brisbane International final on Saturday.

Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova is destined to finish her celebrated career in head-to-head and grand slam deficit to her arch-tormentor, Serena Williams, but may yet depose the American as world No.

Sharapova warms up for Australian Open by defeating Ivanovic

Linda Pearce Evonne Goolagong Trophy claimed on Maria Sharapova's third championship point.

Federer, Raonic reach Brisbane International final

Linda Pearce Three days after Roger Federer confronted the unthinkable prospect of a first-up loss to Australian journeyman John Millman, the 18-time grand slam champion will contest the final of the Brisbane...

Aussie men's tennis enjoys days in the sun

Progress: James Duckworth in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce When Roger Federer ended James Duckworth's maiden ATP quarter-final with a regal flourish on Friday night, the curtain was also drawn on a mostly good news week for Australian men's tennis.

The ball's in Annacone's court

Roger that: Paul Annacone with former

Linda Pearce Paul Annacone, former coach of champions Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, and previously on the books of the US and British tennis associations, was employed last April to review Australian tennis; to...

Groth and Tomic beaten in Brisbane

Frustrating, yet encouraging loss: Sam Groth.

Linda Pearce As Bernard Tomic was in the early stages of his Brisbane International quarter-final against Kei Nishikori, Sam Groth was remarking of his enigmatic countryman that you "never know what you're going...

Groth powers into quarters

Sam Groth

Linda Pearce Sam Groth reached his first career ATP quarter-final in Brisbane 12months ago and, although he is a different and better player in 2015, the result is the same.

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Tomic poised to serve it up to Nishikori

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has become a talking point in the right places and for the right reasons.

Bernard Tomic defeats Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Brisbane International

Big hitter: Bernard Tomic is in good form on home soil

Linda Pearce In the clamour to hail Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis as the emerging saviours of Australian tennis, it can be easy to overlook a certain lead-footed controversy magnet who is still just 22.