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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Australian Open wildcard for Casey Dellacqua

Casey Dellacqua.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua has qualified for next month's Australian Open at Melbourne Park, but she hopes from now on, her wildcard days are over.

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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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Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua are cashing in on solid pre-seasons

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur could not know if, or exactly when, she would reap the benefits of a pair of scratchy wins at last week's low-profile Hobart International, but perhaps that moment is now.

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Casey Dellacqua ready for big time, bloody oath she is

Single-minded: Casey Dellacqua's relationship with coach Shannon Nettle and her doubles success have fuelled her confidence for singles campaigns.

Linda Pearce Six years ago, her passage to the fourth round was a fairytale. Now it's about experience.

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Australian Open 2014: Casey Dellacqua aims for late-career peak

Casey Dellacqua

Linda Pearce On this same weekend six years ago, Casey Dellacqua needed to look at the morning papers to make sure she had not been dreaming.

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Casey Dellacqua out of US Open, but doubles - and motherhood - remain

Casey Dellacqua.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua and her partner Amanda celebrated the birth of their son Blake three weeks ago, leaving Dellacqua with more to play for, rather than any plans to compete and travel less.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Dellacqua rises as Stosur falls

Casey Dellacqua has earned her highest slot in almost six years.

Linda Pearce As Sam Stosur awakes to her lowest ranking - No.20 - since mid-2009, Casey Dellacqua has earned her highest slot in almost six years.

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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?

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Hewitt's outstanding year recognised with Newcombe Medal

John Newcombe poses with Lleyton Hewitt after the latter was awarded the Newcombe Medal on Monday night.

Linda Pearce One of Lleyton Hewitt's last full seasons earns him a first Newcombe Medal.

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Marinko Matosevic finally wins in Australia and sets sights on Open

Got one: Marinko Matosevic has won for the first time in Australia.

Linda Pearce There were two gorillas clinging to Marinko Matosevic; now there is one.

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Ashleigh Barty backed to have fun against Maria Sharapova

Linda Pearce, Phil Lutton Ashleigh Barty's coach Jason Stoltenberg expects her to play without fear against career grand slam winner Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, in the biggest match of the 17-year-old's career.

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Tennis: Injured Ash Barty pulls out of Brisbane International

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31:  Ashleigh Barty of Australia serves in her doubles match partnered with Casey Dellacqua against Varvara Lepchenko of the USA and Raluca Olaru of Romania during day three of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on December 31, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce Rising Australian star Ashleigh Barty will not play Maria Sharapova in the Brisbane International, and will not play again before the Australian Open, having withdrawn from the grand slam lead-up...

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Ashleigh Barty pulls out of Open lead-up events

Confident: Ashleigh Barty has been in great form.

Linda Pearce Rising Australian star pulls out after suffering a small tear in her left adductor.