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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Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Wimbledon by Milos Raonic

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will enter the world’s top 70, but not the Wimbledon semi-finals, having been unable to replicate his monstrous upset of Rafael Nadal against monster-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

Tennis

Is Sam Stosur a French Open smokey?

Australia's Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has done what she usually does: reach the third round of the French Open.

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Tennis

Stars back for Australian tennis season

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce and Phil Lutton, Brisbane Another season, a familiar issue for Serena Williams: how to repeat the extraordinary success achieved in the year almost gone?

Tennis

Top local hopes in Australian Open drawn to meet big guns of tennis

Rafael Nadal after defeating  Bernard  Tomic.

Linda Pearce The local hopes at the Australian Open will at least get to test themselves against some of the world's best on the grand slam stage.

Tennis

Duckworth set to get US Open start

James Duckworth

Linda Pearce In the past two grand slams, at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, James Duckworth has reached the main draw the hard way: via qualifying.

Tennis

Australian teen into US Open

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios faces an US Open baptism of fire after successfully qualifying.

Open's early losers deserve their 30% pay rise, says director

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce AUSTRALIAN OPEN tournament director Craig Tiley has flagged a record first-round losers' cheque of at least $27,000 - a rise of almost 30 per cent - at next month's grand slam, as the distribution...

Tennis

Now, losers are grinners at Australian Open

Linda Pearce Tournament director Craig Tiley flags record first-round losers' cheque.

Tennis

Untimely calf strain for Stosur

Sam Stosur was forced to hand another German, Angelique Kerber, a quarter-final walkover.

Linda Pearce Injury sustained in Indian Wells forces world No.9 out of follow-up premier mandatory event.

Tennis

Tomic on path to Paris

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Tennis Australia is expecting and encouraging Bernard Tomic to contest this month's French Open.

Tennis

John Tomic banned; Bernard remains in French Open

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Sitting courtside, John Tomic, father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, watches his son in action.
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Linda Pearce John Tomic has been banned from Roland Garros as his son, Bernard, prepares to contest next week's French Open.

Tennis

Tomic to play wildcard in Wimbledon opener

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, London After a troubled build-up, Bernard Tomic will open his Wimbledon campaign against the young Belgian wildcard who worried Roger Federer at the French Open just three weeks ago.

Tennis

Djokovic, Federer through as big names fall at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce, London Titleholder Novak Djokovic and six-time champion Roger Federer moved smoothly through to the Wimbledon second round on an opening day that counted sixth seed Tomas Berdych and Venus Williams among...

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Stosur stepping up

Coming through: Sam Stosur chases down a shot from Carla Suarez Navarro yesterday.

Linda Pearce, London Giant opening leap with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

Positive signs for Stosur

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce, London Lindsay Davenport says women's champion will be Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams or Petra Kvitova.

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Stosur Australia's sole hope after near-wipeout at Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce, London Australia is without a representative in the second round of the men's draw at Wimbledon for the first time since 1938, after 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt followed beaten 20th seed Bernard Tomic,...

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Tennis

Hewitt bows out and then there were none

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce, London With a final netted backhand from faded great Lleyton Hewitt, Australia confirms its worst result since 1938.