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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Casey Dellacqua bows out of Wimbledon's second round

Linda Pearce One of five Australians in action on day three, Dellacqua started a nervously, and lost with pride.

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Casey Dellacqua upbeat on eve of Wimbledon

For Casey Dellacqua, it is not so much a question of where she is headed, buit how high she can go.

Linda Pearce Yes, Casey Dellacqua does wonder how different things might have been had she started doing 10 years ago what is working so well for her now.

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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.

Ashleigh Barty gives no hint of return after walking away from tennis

Ash Barty.

Linda Pearce Australia's finest young female tennis prospect, Ashleigh Barty, will take an indefinite break from the game.

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Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...

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'Dasha' Gavrilova joins the growing tennis import club

Although Daria Gavrilova's residency status is unclear, her potential has been apparent for some time.

Linda Pearce To the growing cast of eastern European tennis players competing under the Australian banner, add another foreign name: Daria Gavrilova.

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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.

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Wimbledon by Milos Raonic

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will enter the world’s top 70, but not the Wimbledon semi-finals, having been unable to replicate his monstrous upset of Rafael Nadal against monster-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

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Australia Day at Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic plays a backhand during his first round match against Evgeny Donskoy.

Linda Pearce With five first round winners already, two more will provide the nation’s biggest round two presence at the All England Club since 1999.

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Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks

Victory: Ajla Tomljanovic.

Linda Pearce As Australian men's tennis celebrates its greatest top-100 singles representation in more than 13 years, a major potential boost to the women's game has arrived with the surprise defection of rising...

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Lleyton Hewitt and the Australian renaissance at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Pat Cash, Hewitt’s Australian predecessor as Wimbledon champion, believes Hewitt is still as keen as he is capable.

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Australia's Wimbledon Black Wednesday revisited

Bernard Tomic was beaten in four sets.

Linda Pearce It was all going so well, seven Australians having won singles matches at the All England Club for the first time since 1999. But Wednesday was a wipeout.

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Bleak Wimbledon day for Australia

Marinko Matosevic suffered over five long and crazy-emotional sets.

Linda Pearce So much for that, then. The grim green-and-gold-themed sequel to what the tennis world 12 months ago dubbed Wimbledon’s “Black Wednesday’’ dimmed the lights on the first five...

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Stan Wawrinka unhappy with Wimbledon schedule

Stan Wawrinka .

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka has savaged the scheduling that has left him to play three best-of five-set matches in three days if he is to reach a maiden Wimbledon semi-final.

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