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.

Jelena Jankovic back for good, after fearing career's end

Linda Pearce During the two months late last year that Jelena Jankovic suffered through a painful back injury, she struggled to clean her teeth and put on her shoes, and was barely able to walk.

Ajla Tomljanovic now calls Australia home

Surprise upset: Australian resident Ajla Tomljanovic beat former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic in round one at the Brisbane International.

Linda Pearce Given that the Brisbane International is a WTA tour event rather than a grand slam, Ajla Tomljanovic is representing her birth nation (Croatia), rather than her recently adopted country (Australia).

Roger Federer remains confident going into Brisbane International

Roger Federer takes part in a practice session ahead of the Brisbane International tennis tournament at the Patrick Rafter Arena in Brisbane on Saturday.

Linda Pearce Having seen the winds of change blowing through men's tennis, with two new grand slam champions crowned in 2014, a resolute Roger Federer has returned to Brisbane to start a new season he hopes will...

Sam Groth: nice guy with monster serve

Dangerous: Sam Groth will threaten top players.

Linda Pearce A little while ago, when Sam Groth was just a nice guy with a monster serve and a questionable approach to fitness and discipline, he was aware that his opponents' Plan A was rarely more complicated...

Simona Halep wins matches and self-belief

Simona Halep in action against Agnieszka Radwanska.

Linda Pearce Ask Simona Halep whether even this time last year, much less 12 months before that, she could have imagined she would be among the top four seeds at the 2015 Australian Open, and the answer is...

Jordan Thompson wins Australian Open wildcard after five-set ordeal

See you in Melbourne: Jordan Thompson will play the 2015 Australian Open.

Linda Pearce A golf cart collected Jordan Thompson from courtside after his epic Australian Open wildcard win, and delivered the debilitated back-to-back playoff champion to an ice bath.

Daria Gavrilova wins Australian Open wildcard

Relief: Daria Gavrilova after winning a wildcard berth for January's Australian Open.

Linda Pearce Daria Gavrilova was on crutches 12 months ago lamenting her misfortune, as she watched her boyfriend Luke Saville and housemate Storm Sanders contest an Australian Open wildcard playoff she was...

Sam Stosur ready for another summer fling

In the frame: Sam Stosur is all concentration at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur will enter yet another Australian summer as the highest-ranked Australian, building towards the home grand slam she acknowledges is different, if not necessarily harder, than any of the...

Australian Open final one of Rafael Nadal's 'hardest moments' in tennis

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Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal admits that the last time he set foot on an Australian tennis court was one of the most difficult: last January, when a back injury, misdiagnosed as sportsmanship by a cynical crowd,...

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Saville out of playoff but still in the wildcard hunt

Luke Saville.

Linda Pearce Luke Saville's quest to win an Australian Open wildcard may have been ended prematurely by a hamstring injury, but the former world No.

Injury forces Luke Saville out of Australian Open playoff

Luke Saville was forced to withdraw from the wildcard playoff.

Linda Pearce Luke Saville has withdrawn from the Australian Open wildcard playoff with a hamstring injury.

No wildcards left in Australian Open playoff

Luke Saville plays a forehand against Christopher O'Connell during the Australian Open wildcard playoffs.

Linda Pearce Top seeds Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith, No. 4 Ben Mitchell and defending champion Jordan Thompson have advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open wildcard playoff, with the coveted...

Olivia Rogowska vies for Australian Open wildcard

Olivia Rogowska plays a backhand in her first-round match against Seone Mendez at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Olivia Rogowska is determined to keep reminding herself that this has been her best season, even as the late-entry top seed finds herself back at Melbourne Park attempting to win an Australian Open...

Luke Saville on a steady road

Luke Saville plays a forehand against Christopher O'Connell during the Australian Open wildcard playoffs.

Linda Pearce Luke Saville seems to have been a promising player for so long that unflattering comparisons with the slightly younger, already more celebrated, Nick Kyrgios are inevitable.

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Dashing Russian Daria Gavrilova the latest to call Australia home

Linda Pearce Daria Gavrilova has Vegemite and avocado on toast each morning, swears an AFL allegiance to Carlton through her boyfriend and fellow junior grand slam winner Luke Saville, and is still trying to...

The Australian who helped Switzerland and Roger Federer win a Davis Cup

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Linda Pearce Among the various health and feud-related subplots entwined in one of the feelgood stories of the tennis year - Switzerland and Roger Federer's maiden Davis Cup title in France a fortnight ago - is...

School's out, now Thanasi Kokkinakis maps his career path

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Newcombe Medal.

Linda Pearce If Nick Kyrgios' purple Newcombe Medal suit was not quite loud enough, the Wimbledon quarter-finalist also appeared keen to make a particular verbal statement at the recent tennis awards function.

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Tennis Australia moves to ensure no more Open melting moments

Linda Pearce A major revamp of Tennis Australia's player development department under new director of performance Patrick Rafter is well underway.

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Lleyton Hewitt: it's not all about Kyrgios, Tomic still in the mix

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Linda Pearce Ask Lleyton Hewitt whether Nick Kyrgios has what it takes to become Australia's next great tennis player, and our most recent world No.

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