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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Sam Stosur rallies but falls to Angelique Kerber in Fed Cup

Australia's Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce German No.1 Angelique Kerber gives her country an unassailable 3-0 semi-final lead with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Sam Stosur.

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Stosur searches for upside to Fed Cup defeat

Love-two: Sam Stosur lost both her Fed Cup matches in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce There was to be no Easter Sunday resurrection for Australia’s Fed Cup team, beaten 3-1 by Germany on Pat Rafter Arena, and nor is Sam Stosur expecting miracles when her season resumes next week...

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Australia on the brink of Fed Cup elimination

Sam Stosur was beaten by Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of Australia's Fed Cup clash with Germany in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce After less than three hours, Australia is teetering on the brink of elimination from its first Fed Cup semi-final in 21 years.

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Australia suffer opening day wipeout in Fed Cup semifinal

Linda Pearce After less than three hours, Australia is teetering on the brink of elimination from its first Fed Cup semi-final in 21 years.

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Alicia Molik confident ahead of Fed Cup tie

Linda Pearce Australian captain Alicia Molik believes she has the team to reach the nation's first Fed Cup decider since Liz Smylie, Wendy Turnbull and Anne Minter lost the 1984 decider to Czechoslovakia, with...

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Australia's Fed Cup team aiming to end final drought

Teaming up: From left, Samantha Stosur, Ashleigh Barty, Casey Delacqua and Storm Sanders.

Linda Pearce Fed Cup is like Davis Cup's little sister, the sibling that struggles to be noticed, the one that suffers a minor identity crisis beyond its dedicated inner circle.

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Storm Sanders is starting to make her mark

On target: Storm Sanders is starting to make her mark.

Linda Pearce Storm Sanders is known to her friends as Stormy, or Storminator, and sometimes Thunder, but the likeable tennis teen and self-confessed ''nerd'' insists she is nothing like her angry-sounding name.

Sam Stosur to play in Australia's Fed Cup semi-final

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur will next month make the long trek back home from the northern hemisphere to Queensland for Australia's first Fed Cup semi-final since 1993.

Serena Williams' dominance tipped to continue at season-ending Istanbul WTA Championships

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce The question is as it was, and remains this: can Serena Williams be beaten?

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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Jelena Jankovic stuns Victoria Azarenka at WTA Championships

Jelena Jankovic.

Linda Pearce After a two-year absence from the WTA Championships, born-again Jelena Jankovic has made an emphatic return to the season finale.

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WTA Championships: Serena Williams powers through as Li Na claims consecutive wins

Linda Pearce Li Na has what she calls "one feet" in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams, typically, has jumped in with both.

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Victoria Azarenka plays through pain to avoid post-match 'discussion'

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka did not win, but felt she could not win, either.

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Marinko Matosevic in ''L" of a win

Marinko Matosevic

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

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Casey Dellacqua into round two and delighted about the forecast

Casey Dellacqua after her first-round victory.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua was on, and off, before the worst heat of the day – and, particularly, the week – arrived.

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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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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.

16 again, Hewitt is walking familiar ground

Marching on: Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's progress is no surprise to one of his boyhood idols, Mats Wilander.

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Dethroned Djokovic first into final of Masters

Oh yeah: A jubilant Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Defending champion eliminates seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5.

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Novak Djokovic defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take semi-final in Shanghai

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts to his win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the singles semifinal match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Djokovic won  6-2, 7-5.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Linda Pearce The world No.1 ranking is again Rafael Nadal's, but the first place in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters belongs to Novak Djokovic.