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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Nick Kyrgios v Richard Gasquet: tyro versus veteran

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is yet to win a second round grand slam match. But he will. Soon.

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Lleyton Hewitt and the Australian renaissance at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Pat Cash, Hewitt’s Australian predecessor as Wimbledon champion, believes Hewitt is still as keen as he is capable.

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Lleyton Hewitt prevails in four to enter second round at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt plays a forehand against Michal Przysiezny of Poland.

Linda Pearce The last of the survivors from 1999 remains an accomplished - a passionate - grasscourter in 2014, and Tuesday's first-round win at the All England Club was his 13th.

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Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios becomes sixth Australian in second round

Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand against Stephane Robert.

Linda Pearce The youngest man left in the Wimbledon men's draw celebrated his All England Club debut with a place in the second round.

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Mark Woodforde urges Marinko Matosevic to keep mind on job after early success

Emotionally, Marinko Matosevic is still too erratic, but, potentially, the world No.58 belongs among the seeds he has shown he is able to beat

Linda Pearce Ask Mark Woodforde about coaching Marinko Matosevic, and he searches for the right words. What he eventually offers reveals the frustration of knowing what Matosevic is capable of achieving, but yet...

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Australia Day at Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic plays a backhand during his first round match against Evgeny Donskoy.

Linda Pearce With five first round winners already, two more will provide the nation’s biggest round two presence at the All England Club since 1999.

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Luke Saville's first round Wimbledon breakthrough

Luke Saville.

Linda Pearce If there is to be a turning point for Saville, it may be this one: winning his first match at tour level in the biggest tournament of all.

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Tomic makes encouraging start at Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic plays a backhand during his first-round match against Evgeny Donskoy.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has an awful lot riding on his performance this Wimbledon, and will be relieved to have made a positive start towards defending the points he earned by reaching the round of 16 last...

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Marinko Matosevic upsets Fernando Verdasco

Marinko Matosevic returns against Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

Linda Pearce Having heaved from his broad back the gorilla that was a winless record from his first 12 grand slams, Marinko Matosevic has now enjoyed success in his past two.

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Sam Stosur knocked out in first round at Wimbledon

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Having already acknowledged she was not going to win the title at Wimbledon, Sam Stosur would nevertheless have hoped to win at least one match.

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Woodbridge predicts Kyrgios scalp

Nick Kyrgios during a 2013 Boys' Singles match at Wimbledon.

Linda Pearce If not now, then shortly. If not at Wimbledon, then probably at the US Open. Three years ago Bernard Tomic translated the junior hype into his first - still only - senior grand slam quarter-final,...

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Serena Williams not yet over Roland Garros exit ahead of Wimbledon

Serena Wlliams

Linda Pearce Q: Your French Open defeat, how long did it take you to get over that?Serena Williams: “Who says I was over it?

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Casey Dellacqua upbeat on eve of Wimbledon

For Casey Dellacqua, it is not so much a question of where she is headed, buit how high she can go.

Linda Pearce Yes, Casey Dellacqua does wonder how different things might have been had she started doing 10 years ago what is working so well for her now.

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Bernard Tomic happy to be back at Wimbledon after a difficult year

Feeling good: Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic is at his best in Australia, and at Wimbledon, where the former quarter-finalist returns on Monday feeling better about his game and his body than he has since his double hip surgery...

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What you need to know for Wimbledon

Andy Murray will be looking to repeat his last outing.

Linda Pearce While Marion Bartoli retired 40 days after winning her first grand slam title so unexpectedly last year, Andy Murray returns to deafening applause to defend what a British man has not previously...

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Late-blooming Australians Matosevic and Groth ready to roll

Marinko Matosevic.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic had Wimbledon’s grass in mind when he planned his unique victory roll to celebrate the end of his long and enervating grand slam drought.

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Nick Kyrgios to bring X-factor to big time

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios during his brief campaign at the French Open.

Linda Pearce The buzz around Nick Kyrgios is about more than his results, or a world No.145 ranking that makes him the youngest in the top 200.

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Flying solo: Sam Stosur prepares for first-round slog at Wimbledon

Samantha Stosur:

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur walks into Roland Garros each year expecting, and expected, to do well.

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Sam Stosur says Wimbledon-eve split with coach was amicable

Sam Stosur says she is in no hurry to find a new coach.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has described as "very amicable" her Wimbledon-eve split with Miles Maclagan.

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Australians draw winnable first rounds at Wimbledon

A general view of Wimbledon as qualifying matches were in progress.

Linda Pearce Winnable first rounds for Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon could precede far more difficult assignments in the second for three of Australia’s 11 main draw players,...