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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Coach Carlos Rodriguez reveals Li Na driven to the edge of retirement

Li Na of China celebrates a point

Linda Pearce Carlos Rodriguez is not certain if Li Na would really have retired as she threatened on the drive to Wimbledon just over seven months ago.

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Scratchy start ends on a high

Big finish: Li Na celebrates her convincing win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Linda Pearce The first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title now owns two.

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Li Na looks ahead after rethink helped her win Australian Open

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Now that Li Na has a Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to go with the French version named for Suzanne Lenglen, what will be next?

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Stosur misses big dance

Romania's Simona Halep kisses her trophy after her victory over Samantha Stosur in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's two-final, one-title end to the season comes too late.

Serena Williams' dominance tipped to continue at season-ending Istanbul WTA Championships

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce The question is as it was, and remains this: can Serena Williams be beaten?

Victoria Azarenka: men should play three sets

Victoria Azarenka:

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka has her own take on the current debate over best-of-three-sets tennis versus best-of-five. "I actually think men should play three sets," said the dual Australian Open winner.

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Jelena Jankovic stuns Victoria Azarenka at WTA Championships

Jelena Jankovic.

Linda Pearce After a two-year absence from the WTA Championships, born-again Jelena Jankovic has made an emphatic return to the season finale.

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Resurgent Jankovic shines

Linda Pearce Decline of Jelena Jankovic in the seasons before this one has coincided with the rise of Victoria Azarenka but, temporarily, positions have been reversed.

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WTA Championships: Serena Williams powers through as Li Na claims consecutive wins

Linda Pearce Li Na has what she calls "one feet" in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams, typically, has jumped in with both.

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Victoria Azarenka plays through pain to avoid post-match 'discussion'

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka did not win, but felt she could not win, either.

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Serena Williams defeats Jelena Jankovic to advance to final of WTA Championships

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce At the end of an unusually full season, Serena Williams has described her fuel tank as empty. The world No.

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Stosur's back in the swim

Samantha Stosur goes down the ceremonial water slide after winning the final match against Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce Before Sunday, Sam Stosur had a miserable 0-8 record against Victoria Azarenka.

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Ashleigh Barty's US Open is over

Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Australia's meagre singles presence in the women's draw ends with the abrupt second-round departure of wildcard Ashleigh Barty.

16 again, Hewitt is walking familiar ground

Marching on: Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's progress is no surprise to one of his boyhood idols, Mats Wilander.

Stosur on stand-by duty in Istanbul

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce While Sam Stosur's dip from world No. 6 to the outer reaches of the top 10 in the past 12 months has cost her a place in this week's year-end WTA Championships, the Australian has a final prizemoney...

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Tennis superstars undecided on the year's best player

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce This week's $4.9 million WTA Championships could help decide who is the women's player-of-the-year.

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Tearful Kvitova felled by unforced errors

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Linda Pearce, Istanbul Petra Kvitova made an anxious, erratic and eventually tearful start to the defence of her WTA Championship title this morning, beaten 6-3, 6-2 by fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in an opening session...

Women's tennis the winner in epic match

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany  during their tennis match on the second day of the WTA championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo)

Linda Pearce This was a women's match-of-the-year candidate, just when one was needed. A marvellous three-set, three-hour exhibition at the WTA Championships, in which top seed Victoria Azarenka saved two match...

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Sam Stosur beaten soundly in Istanbul

Sam Stosur in action against Sara Errani of Italy during day three of the season ending WTA Championships Tennis in Istanbul, Turkey.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Sam Stosur was a late starter at the WTA Championships, called-up only after illness forced the withdrawal of defending champion Petra Kvitova.

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Radwanska triumphs in record-breaking WTA match

Agnieszka Radwanska.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul The longest best-of-three-set match in WTA Championships history has won Agnieszka Radwanska a semi-final place in the $4.9 million year-end tournament for the first time.