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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lleyton Hewitt continues charge towards Brisbane International title

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian man to win a tournament in the season's opening week, and he could yet repeat what he achieved as an emerging superstar in his home town of Adelaide 14 years...

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

Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

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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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

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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.