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.

Raf and ready

Linda Pearce A fighting fit Rafael Nadal is set to rip at Rod Laver Arena, writes Linda Pearce.

A serener Serena

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce A shock loss to Virginie Razzano in 2012 was the catalyst for Serena Williams' rebirth.


Top local hopes in Australian Open drawn to meet big guns of tennis

Rafael Nadal after defeating  Bernard  Tomic.

Linda Pearce The local hopes at the Australian Open will at least get to test themselves against some of the world's best on the grand slam stage.


Boris Becker says he can help Djokovic win

Tennis legend and Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker.

Linda Pearce Djokovic's newly appointed coach, Boris Becker, believes his pupil can win more titles than he did.


Australian Open: Great expectations

Switzerland's Roger Federer

Linda Pearce You might call it a dream tennis day, and it was, so we will. First, sitting with Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena for a strictly-few-minutes chat that stretched nicely beyond.

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Sam Stosur is building her form as she gears up for the Australian Open

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Perhaps Thursday's relatively routine 6-3, 6-2 victory over world No.34 Bojana Jovanovski at the Hobart International was the victory Sam Stosur had to have.


Tomas Berdych taking the tweet approach

Tomas Berdych.

Linda Pearce The new Twitter cult figure that is Tomas Berdych comes as a quirky, amusing contrast to the slightly dour, aloof Czech who has occupied the mid-to-lower rungs of the world's top 10 for more than...


Fit Roger Federer says he's keen to play and do his charity show

Linda Pearce Roger Federer has felt no after-effects from his hot and busy week


Lucky eight snare remaining Australian Open wildcards

Li Na with the ball kids

Linda Pearce Lucky eight Australians to snare remaining Open wildcards announced.


Lleyton Hewitt scores a win for the ages with his Brisbane International title win over Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt fought as if he would rather die than retreat, surrender, or concede even a centimetre.


Tennis fans rushing to snap up Australian Open tickets

Serena Williams practising at Melbourne Park.

Linda Pearce Advance Australian Open ticket sales tracking at record levels less than a week out.


Court speed at Australian Open tennis unchanged, says tournament director Craig Tiley

Linda Pearce Director denies that quicker version of Plexicushion has been ordered for grand slam.


Hewitt still showing the way: Rafter

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Four Australian men have earned direct entry into the main draw for Australian Open, Jordan Thompson has won the play-off wildcard, and two of the remaining invitations have been earmarked for last...

Serena sails through to another title

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce, Brisbane The only grand slam singles trophy Serena Williams has not owned in the past three seasons is the one that, up until then, she had won the most.


Lleyton Hewitt fights back to earn place in final against Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their two-and-a-half hour long men's singles semi-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Jason Reed  (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination.

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Serena Williams retains crown with flawless defence in Brisbane International

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04:  Serena Williams of the USA celebrates winning her finals match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day seven of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 4, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce The only grand slam singles trophy Serena Williams has not owned in the past three seasons is the one that, up until then, she had won the most.


Australian Open: hopes high for home-town heroes

Linda Pearce Pat Rafter runs the line over the leading locals eight days before the Australian Open starts.


Lleyton Hewitt reaches his first final in Australia since 2005

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination, and Saturday's courageous 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 semi-final victory over second seed Kei Nishikori...

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Lleyton Hewitt still flying the flag for Australian tennis

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian man to win a tournament in the season's opening week.


Fed up with nicknames, Grigor Dimitrov plays it straight

Grigor Dimitrov

Linda Pearce The colour in Dimitrov's game is being toned down, even as his status as Maria Sharapova's handbag ensures a long lens trained on more than his backhand.