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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Sentimental favourite Federer goes for 'just one more moment'

This is the second time that Roger Federer (above) and Novak Djokovic are meeting in a grand slam final.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer is a student of history, as well as a prolific maker of it, but was neither aware, nor did he particularly care that on Sunday he could become the oldest man to win a Wimbledon singles...

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Stanislas Wawrinka puzzled after Australian Open success

Stanislas Wawrinka leaves court after his first-round defeat.

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka’s first grand slam match as a grand slam champion has ended with a shock grand slam exit.

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Australian greats defend Bernard Tomic

Former tennis player John Newcombe

Linda Pearce and Michael Chammas Former Australian greats have defended Bernard Tomic's retirement one set into his opening round Australian Open match against world No.

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Tomic, not guilty - at least this time

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Linda Pearce History had much to do with the boos that greeted an injured Tomic

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Tomic: I made right decision

Bernard Tomic speaks to the media on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas and Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic insists he risked being out of the game for up to four months if he had played on through a groin injury.

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Trying times waiting to see the best of Bernie

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce He has the talent, but Bernard Tomic is not making the most of his prodigious gifts.

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Australian teen into US Open

Nick Kyrgios

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

Going for it

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Linda Pearce Sam Stosur heads into the US Open, the one grand slam she has won, without a coach.

Sam strikes out on own

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce When a triumphant Samantha Stosur was hauled up into the players' box to celebrate her maiden grand slam title at the 2011 US Open, her first embrace was with her emotional coach David Taylor, with...

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One five-set epic later, Tomic marches into the unknown

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic is building an enviable five-set record. His next US Open opponent, British qualifier Dan Evans, noted as much when the Australian’s gruelling win over Albert Ramos appeared headed for...

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Tomic turns it around

Bernard Tomic.

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

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Bernard Tomic bundled out of US Open by unheralded Brit

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The US Open remains a problematic grand slam destination for Bernard Tomic, who thrives in Australia, and loves the Wimbledon grass, but has now fallen in the second round at Flushing Meadows on each...

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Fit Hewitt 'in a good place'

Lleyton Hewitt into the third round of the US Open, defeating Del Potro

Linda Pearce Former world number one upsets sixth seed Juan Martin De Potro in five sets.

Americans fall on hard times

Linda Pearce As much as Australia yearns for its next grand slam men's champion, 11 years after Lleyton Hewitt's Wimbledon success, the also-once-mighty US has fallen on similarly hard times: no genuine grand...

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Men fall behind as women lead way on court for star-spangled banner

John Isner looks on during his men's singles third round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Linda Pearce The US has had no genuine grand slam contender since 2003 champion Andy Roddick.

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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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Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

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Linda Pearce With the prestigious Newcombe Medal up for grabs, how do the contenders shape up?

Stosur looks on bright side

2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Stroke of good fortune for defending champion is that Serena Williams is in other half of draw.

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Tomic needs to act on Rafter's ultimatum

Bernard Tomic and Pat Rafter.

Linda Pearce Simply, Bernard Tomic has to work harder. Pat Rafter has been saying it and Tomic has been agreeing.

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Coach just trying to fire up Tomic

Tony Roche (left) and Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce An animated courtside exchange between Bernard Tomic and Australian coach Tony Roche during the dire finale to Australia's Davis Cup tie against Germany has been downplayed by Tennis Australia.