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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No ordinary Jo

Linda Pearce Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has no plans to do Roger Federer any more favours.

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How Stanislas Wawrinka failed at becoming a failure

Linda Pearce

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

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Celebrations won't stop the fireworks on court

Foot Faults dink for Australian Open

Linda Pearce and Emma Quayle After lengthy negotiations the Australia Day fireworks will be moved 3.5 kilometres down the road.

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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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Sam Stosur appoints Miles Maclagan as tennis coach

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan.

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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.

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Party boy Bernard Tomic ready to knuckle down for Australian Open

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Night owl declares himself ready to submit to the daily discipline of a pre-season.

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Tennis star Sam Stosur is looking forward to a fresh start in 2014

Belt it: Sam Stosur is keen to hit her straps early next year after a positive finish to the 2013 season.

Linda Pearce After a tumultuous year, Sam Stosur is looking forward to making a fresh start in 2014.

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Sam Stosur is feeling her way with new coach Miles Maclagan

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's initial December training session with Miles Maclagan felt a little like the first date with a new partner after the end of a long marriage.

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Roger Federer looks for new angles with new specialist coach Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Champion asked if new coach means he needs to play more aggressively.

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Fit Roger Federer says he's keen to play and do his charity show

Linda Pearce Roger Federer has felt no after-effects from his hot and busy week

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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.

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Boris Becker says he can help Djokovic win

Tennis legend and Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker.

Linda Pearce Djokovic's newly appointed coach, Boris Becker, believes his pupil can win more titles than he did.

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No time to rest on his laurels

Novak Djokovic is always striving to be better.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is pushing his limits chasing a fifth Australian Open title.

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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Miles Maclagan to coach Sam Stosur

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 since 2008 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan, the African-born Briton who formerly worked with Wimbledon...

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Roger Federer to play in Queensland

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer, still the biggest name in the game, will play at the 2014 Brisbane International.

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Lleyton Hewitt's US Open adventure continues

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The former No.1 has advanced safely into the fourth round, with the romantic possibility of going even deeper still.

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Hewitt's tenacity wins him rivals' admiration

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal watched most of Lleyton Hewitt's victory over Juan Martin del Potro, admiring his occasional golf partner's determination to continue, and still to excel, after so many surgeries and...

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Williams, Djokovic smash their opponents

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Four-time US Open champion Serena Williams embarrassed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium to book a semi-final against fifth seed Li Na.