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 bows out in marathon match

Linda Pearce Veteran's promising Australian Open build-up ends in despair at Melbourne Park.

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Australian pair Sam Stosur, Matt Ebden put Open demons to rest

One down: Sam Stosur wins against Czech Klara Zakopalova at Melbourne Park on Monday - just days after losing to her in Hobart.

Linda Pearce The first-round win Sam Stosur needed was matched by Matt Ebden's first in the three years he has led higher-ranked opponents by two-sets-to-love at Melbourne Park.

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Time on my side, says Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has a big game on Tuesday and it may all end there.

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Casey Dellacqua into round two and delighted about the forecast

Casey Dellacqua after her first-round victory.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua was on, and off, before the worst heat of the day – and, particularly, the week – arrived.

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Bernard Tomic remains positive about meeting world No.1 Rafael Nadal in first round of Australian Open

I think I can: Bernard Tomic is positive about meeting Rafael Nadal.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic notes that Rafael Nadal is human, so he can be beaten.

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How Li Na put the fun back into tennis

Li Na

Linda Pearce On the brink of quitting, the highest-ranked Asian player ever tells Linda Pearce how she rocketed up the rankings.

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No time to rest on his laurels

Novak Djokovic is always striving to be better.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is pushing his limits chasing a fifth Australian Open title.

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Rafael Nadal returns to claim elusive prize

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal is back for the only major he has not won at least twice, having suffered a double dose of injury during eight Australian Open visits.

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How Serena Williams rebooted her career after grand slam debacle

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams says she will be happy even if she never wins another tennis match and yet win is all she seems to do.

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Roger Federer coolly anticipating meeting James Duckworth

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer admits it will be a case of sight-unseen when he meets young Australian James Duckworth in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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

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Lucky eight snare remaining Australian Open wildcards

Li Na with the ball kids

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

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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.