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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Big changes for Nick Kyrgios after Wimbledon as star flags split with coach

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will make major changes to a winning formula despite his breakout grand slam performance by splitting immediately but amicably with his Tennis Australia coach Simon Rea, the man who has...

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Stan Wawrinka unhappy with Wimbledon schedule

Stan Wawrinka .

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka has savaged the scheduling that has left him to play three best-of five-set matches in three days if he is to reach a maiden Wimbledon semi-final.

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We need more like Kyrgios, say Laver, Rosewall

Rod Laver.

Linda Pearce London: Reminders of Australia’s exceptional tennis past have been plentiful in recent days, first with the affectionate honouring of the great Ken Rosewall at Tennis Australia’s annual...

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Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios will not beat Rafael Nadal

The hard-hitting Nick Kyrgios has all the weapons to be a star, Scott Draper says.

Linda Pearce Rod Laver will have none of this talk about Nick Kyrgios as a future top-five player or major championship winner.

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Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios will not beat Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rod Laver will have none of this talk about Nick Kyrgios as a future top-five player or major championship winner.

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Zahlavova Strycova eliminates Wozniacki to reach quarter-finals

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic hits a return to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their singles match at Wimbledon on Monday.

Linda Pearce Having already disposed of the second seed, Li Na, world No.43 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has extended her havoc-wreaking Wimbledon run, eliminating former No.

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Nick Kyrgios, the rock star of Australian tennis, aims to keep steady beat in Rafa clash

Power and passion: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Coach Simon Rea does not watch his rock star pupil's slightly cocky swagger, and flashy look-at-me pizzaz, and wish he was seeing something more restrained.

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Andy Murray onside at Wimbledon after easing through first week

Andy Murray urges himself on after winning a point against Spain's Roberto Bautista.

Linda Pearce The first question Andy Murray was asked at Wimbledon this year was how it felt to have the hopes of a despondent World Cup nation on his shoulders.

Nick Kyrgios believes he can beat Rafael Nadal in Round of 16 at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce When Nick Kyrgios says he can beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round, he believes it, for that is his nature, and one of his great strengths.

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Serena Williams dumped from Wimbledon by Alize Cornet

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Linda Pearce For the third consecutive grand slam since winning her 17th major in New York, Serena Williams has started as the overwhelming title favourite, but gone no further than the fourth round.

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Tennis: Kyrgios reaches the Wimbledon fourth round against Nadal

Relief: Nick Kyrgios celebrates after beating Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic.

Linda Pearce An excellent Wimbledon adventure continues for Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who followed-up his extraordinary defeat of Richard Gasquet with a more straightforward march past young Czech rival...

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Djokovic, Dimitrov survive Wimbledon scares

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Linda Pearce Having been cleared of what he suspected was a dislocated shoulder, Novak Djokovic’s plans for a second Wimbledon title remains safely on course in place.

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Lleyton Hewitt departs Wimbledon, perhaps for the last time

Lleyton Hewitt shows his exhilaration after levelling the game against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz at two-sets all.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt is not sure if his farewell wave at Wimbledon was for now, or forever, noting that, at 33, and after so many injuries, he is just one more mishap from “hanging up the bats”...

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Wozniacki shakes off the 'victim' tag

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Croatia's Ama Konjuh.

Linda Pearce With a smile, a wave and a thumbs-up to Denmark's Crown Prince Frederick in the players' box, Caroline Wozniacki strolled into the Wimbledon fourth round.

Lleyton Hewitt loses in a gallant five sets to Jerzy Janowicz at Wimbledon

The final Wimbledon fist-pump? Lleyton Hewitt loses in a five-set second round match to Jerzy Janowicz.

Linda Pearce in London After a typically brave fight back from two sets down, the 33-year-old but could not conjure a win in what could be his last Wimbledon.

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Li Na fails in early stages of grand slam event again

China's Li Na stretches for a return against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Linda Pearce, London Australian Open champion Li Na has faltered in the early stages of a grand slam for the second successive time since her triumph at Melbourne Park.

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Kyrgios hailed as Australia's new sensation

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Pat Cash hesitates to anoint Nick Kyrgios as a future Wimbledon champion.

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Kyrgios: Wimbledon, and the world, at his feet

Australia's Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce On one screen, player-turned commentator Wally Masur was watching Wimbledon sensation Nick Kyrgios saving an astonishing nine match points after also losing the first two sets to 13th seed Richard...

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Nick Kyrgios hailed by tennis world after epic Wimbledon win

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is a potential grand slam champion headed for the world’s top five, according to Richard Gasquet, the man across the net from the young Australian who enthralled Wimbledon with his...

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Lleyton Hewitt, interrupted, at Wimbledon

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Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt clinging to the hope of reaching a 10th, perhaps last, Wimbledon third round, when play was suspended by drizzling rain.