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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Darren Cahill rules himself out of Tennis Australia job

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Linda Pearce While Australia is still lacking a player in the men's top 40, it also remains without a head of its high performance program, with Darren Cahill having ruled himself out of contention.

Bernard Tomic could lose financial muscle

Linda Pearce Tomic's relationship with the public and the new kids on the block may cost him.

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Special Ks 'pose threat to Tomic'

Australia's Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic could soon feel the hip-pocket pain of endorsement loss to match his teetering relationship with the Australian public.

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How Stanislas Wawrinka failed at becoming a failure

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Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka had faltered 14 times in a row against Novak Djokovic. Not this time.

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Pete Sampras says each decade has its great players

Pete Sampras

Linda Pearce Pete Sampras says he had rejected several coaching approaches since his retirement.

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Reclusive Pete Sampras to present rich 2014 Australian Open prize

Pete Sampras hits up on centre court at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare grand slam appearance to present the Australian Open men's trophy in January, when a total prizemoney purse of $33 million will be shared among the world's...

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Miles Maclagan the new tennis coach for Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Darren Cahill believes Maclagan is a 'smart choice' as the new coach for Sam Stosur.

Stars say drug-testing is stringent in tennis

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova approve of the exacting drug-testing procedures in tennis.

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Stars learn to deal with drug tests

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce 'People show up at my house at five in the morning trying to test me' says Serena Williams.

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Azarenka cops ribbing after hitting panic button

Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce VICTORIA AZARENKA has won the right to defend her Australian Open title in Saturday's final, but few friends for the controversial tactics that helped get her there. The world No.

Going beyond a choke

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka has won the right to defend her Australian Open title in Saturday's final, but gained few friends for the controversial tactics that helped to get her there.

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Djokovic piles pain on Murray

Novak Djokovic after winning his final against Andy Murray on Rod Laver Arena tonight.

Linda Pearce FOR Novak Djokovic, no shirt ripping this time, no early-morning, record-setting marathon, but still a history-making result.

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Djokovic piles pain on Murray

Djokovic

Linda Pearce For Novak Djokovic, no shirt ripping this time, no early-morning, record-setting marathon.

French the ace in pack for ambitious Djoker

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Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic was on his way to Tullamarine Airport early on Monday morning at a time, 12 months earlier, that his previous final on Rod Laver Arena was still being played.

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Djokovic's dash of history

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Linda Pearce Celebrations had to be put on ice after Novak Djokovic won his third straight Australian title.

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Springtime in Paris for ace on the rise

Rinky Hijikata.

Linda Pearce Twelve-year-old Rinky Hijikata has already travelled further than Scott Draper had ventured until after his 16th birthday, but this, of course, is a different tennis age.

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Lleyton Hewitt tipped for more US Open success

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot during his men's singles third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Darren Cahill, is optimistic about the 2001 champion's prospects of continuing his improbable march at the US Open

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Federer storms into Wimbledon semi-final

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce, London Roger Federer has reached a record 32nd grand slam semi-final but first at Wimbledon in three years, after an imperious 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 domination of his 14-time whipping boy, Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

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Grass the great unknown for legends with no secrets

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning in his semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eleven of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce For all that has transpired during 26 matches over seven years - 10 of them in majors - the history of Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic has been exclusively written on hardcourts and clay.

Grass hasn't grown under their feet

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Linda Pearce For all that has transpired during 26 matches over seven years, 10 of them in majors, the history of Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic has been exclusively written on hardcourts and clay.

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