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

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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Djokovic, Dimitrov survive Wimbledon scares

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Linda Pearce Having been cleared of what he suspected was a dislocated shoulder, Novak Djokovic’s plans for a second Wimbledon title remains safely on course in place.

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Lleyton Hewitt departs Wimbledon, perhaps for the last time

Lleyton Hewitt shows his exhilaration after levelling the game against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz at two-sets all.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt is not sure if his farewell wave at Wimbledon was for now, or forever, noting that, at 33, and after so many injuries, he is just one more mishap from “hanging up the bats”...

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Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis celebrates his upset win over Pete Sampras 6-4, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-3).

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.

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The Nick Kyrgios miracle shot

Kyrgios

Linda Pearce In a match, and a tournament, that Nick Kyrgios will never forget, came a shot that he may never repeat.

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Andy Murray knocked from his throne in straight sets

Andy Murray

Linda Pearce The reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been dethroned, going down in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov.

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Roger Federer to try for a record eighth Wimbledon title in Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic

Switzerland's Roger Federer eyes the ball as he returns to Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of  the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT   - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Linda Pearce So much for the brave new world of men's tennis. Sunday's Wimbledon final will be Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic, instalment No.35.

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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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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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Tomas Berdych taking the tweet approach

Tomas Berdych.

Linda Pearce The new Twitter cult figure that is Tomas Berdych comes as a quirky, amusing contrast to the slightly dour, aloof Czech who has occupied the mid-to-lower rungs of the world's top 10 for more than...

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

Australian 'loss' a matter of form

Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Could world No. 15 Milos Raonic have been the top-20 successor to Lleyton Hewitt?

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Tomic not ready, says former great

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Frank Sedgman does not expect to be watching an Australian win the world's biggest title.

Wildcard sends disappointing Tomic packing

Bernard Tomic reacts during his first-round defeat.

Linda Pearce, London Bernard Tomic has been dumped from Wimbledon by a Belgian wildcard who had never before won a tour-level match on grass.

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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.