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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Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks

Victory: Ajla Tomljanovic.

Linda Pearce As Australian men's tennis celebrates its greatest top-100 singles representation in more than 13 years, a major potential boost to the women's game has arrived with the surprise defection of rising...

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Australia's Wimbledon Black Wednesday revisited

Bernard Tomic was beaten in four sets.

Linda Pearce It was all going so well, seven Australians having won singles matches at the All England Club for the first time since 1999. But Wednesday was a wipeout.

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Bleak Wimbledon day for Australia

Marinko Matosevic suffered over five long and crazy-emotional sets.

Linda Pearce So much for that, then. The grim green-and-gold-themed sequel to what the tennis world 12 months ago dubbed Wimbledon’s “Black Wednesday’’ dimmed the lights on the first five...

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Casey Dellacqua bows out of Wimbledon's second round

Casey Dellacqua put in a good show, but just not good enough to beat Agnieszka Radwanska

Linda Pearce One of five Australians in action on day three, Dellacqua started a nervously, and lost with pride.

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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.

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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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Murray's big Wimbledon test ahead against determined Dimitrov

High hopes: Andy Murray in action on Monday.

Linda Pearce London: Grigor Dimitrov has put some welcome distance between himself and the initially flattering but ultimately burdensome comparisons with Roger Federer, while vowing not to retreat from the...

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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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Roger Federer eases through opener in Paris

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Swiss hands out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Slovakian Lukas Lacko on the opening day.

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Sam Stosur through to French Open fourth round

Advanced: Samantha Stosur is through to third round.

Linda Pearce, Paris So much is about the match-up, and this one suits Sam Stosur so marvellously well. Her fifth straight career win against diminutive Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova has propelled the...

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Sam Stosur trying to solve a problem named Maria

Going up: Sam Stosur during her straight sets win over Dominika Cibulkova that took her into the final 16.

Linda Pearce Digging deeply into her reserves of optimism, Sam Stosur noted wryly that, well, at least none of her 13 losses from 15 attempts against Maria Sharapova have come at Roland Garros.

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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'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.

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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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