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.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Linda Pearce As Pat Cash watched Nick Kyrgios upstage Rafael Nadal on the world's most famous court, the 1987 Wimbledon champion was reminded of a long-ago match at faraway Melbourne Park.

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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Tennis

Marinko Matosevic in ''L" of a win

Marinko Matosevic

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic reaches his first quarter-final by defeating American Sam Querrey.

Eight is enough

Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was close to claiming top billing in the world a year ago, but she is content to be heading into 2013 as world No. 8.

Tennis

Azarenka foots cost of pedicure with forfeit in semi-final

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce AN OVERZEALOUS pedicurist has been fingered for disrupting the Australian Open preparation of defending champion Victoria Azarenka, who withdrew from Friday night's Brisbane International semi-final...

Tennis

Injury forces Azarenka out of Williams clash

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce A bad pedicure has been fingered for disrupting the Australian Open preparation of defending champion Victoria Azarenka.

Ashleigh Barty joins Bernard Tomic in US Open second round

Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Promising young wildcard Ashleigh Barty has joined fellow Queenslander Bernard Tomic in the second round of the US Open.

Tennis

Tomic turns it around

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic is building an enviable five-set record.

Tennis

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.

Tennis

Federer rallies to avoid Nadal's fate

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce As the ghost of Rafael Nadal swirled around under the centre court roof that had enclosed the upset of the tournament - and, perhaps, the decade - at Wimbledon on Thursday night, Roger Federer...