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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Pained Serena sent packing by Ivanovic

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Former No.1 rediscovering her best tennis after some difficult years.

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Australian Open: Back injury hindered Serena Williams

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams almost did not start the match she lost against Ana Ivanovic.

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Casey Dellacqua ready for big time, bloody oath she is

Single-minded: Casey Dellacqua's relationship with coach Shannon Nettle and her doubles success have fuelled her confidence for singles campaigns.

Linda Pearce Six years ago, her passage to the fourth round was a fairytale. Now it's about experience.

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Sam Stosur shrugs off exit to target world's top 10 and focus on slams

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur followed her third-round singles loss with a round-two doubles defeat to exit the Australian Open on day six - later, at least, and also less despondently than in recent years.

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Australian Open 2014: Casey Dellacqua aims for late-career peak

Casey Dellacqua

Linda Pearce On this same weekend six years ago, Casey Dellacqua needed to look at the morning papers to make sure she had not been dreaming.

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Dellacqua hot in Open heat

Australia's Casey Dellacqua celebrates after victory in her women's singles match

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua, now 28, and ranked 120th, she is about to return to double figures, and is back in a grand slam fourth round for the first time in what she calls her second career.

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The future of Australian tennis arrives in the nick of time

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has the 'X factor', along with the power, the athleticism to be great.

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Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua are cashing in on solid pre-seasons

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur could not know if, or exactly when, she would reap the benefits of a pair of scratchy wins at last week's low-profile Hobart International, but perhaps that moment is now.

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Special Ks 'pose threat to Tomic'

Australia's Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic could soon feel the hip-pocket pain of endorsement loss to match his teetering relationship with the Australian public.

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Bernard Tomic could lose financial muscle

Linda Pearce Tomic's relationship with the public and the new kids on the block may cost him.

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Olivia Rogowska rues missed chance at Australian Open

Olivia Rogowska of Australia

Linda Pearce Australian Olivia Rogowska misses a golden opportunity to reach a maiden third round.

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Tomic: I made right decision

Bernard Tomic speaks to the media on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas and Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic insists he risked being out of the game for up to four months if he had played on through a groin injury.

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Coach Mark Woodforde puts comment by Marinko Matosevic behind him

Mark Woodforde watches Marinko Matosevic in his first round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Coach and player over the first-round loss and set to continue partnership

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Tomic, not guilty - at least this time

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce History had much to do with the boos that greeted an injured Tomic

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Australian greats defend Bernard Tomic

Former tennis player John Newcombe

Linda Pearce and Michael Chammas Former Australian greats have defended Bernard Tomic's retirement one set into his opening round Australian Open match against world No.

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Marinko Matosevic gets hot under the collar in his loss to Kei Nishikori

Take that: Marinko Matosevic sends a sizzler to Kei Nishikori on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic received a point penalty for a time violation that he declared to be ''bullshit''.

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Sam Stosur's first-round win a real boost

Samantha Stosur will play Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce Home-performance anxiety did not cripple Stosur during last year's Australian Open.

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Lleyton Hewitt bows out in marathon match

Lleyton Hewitt

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.