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 upbeat on eve of Wimbledon

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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Casey Dellacqua bows out of Wimbledon's second round

Casey Dellacqua put in a good show, but just not good enough to beat Agnieszka Radwanska

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 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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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 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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'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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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...

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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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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Three Australians qualify for Wimbledon

James Duckworth.

Linda Pearce Australia's singles presence at Wimbledon has swelled to 11 with the qualifying successes of men's trio Sam Groth, Luke Saville and James Duckworth on the final day at Roehampton.

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Australians draw winnable first rounds at Wimbledon

A general view of Wimbledon as qualifying matches were in progress.

Linda Pearce Winnable first rounds for Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon could precede far more difficult assignments in the second for three of Australia’s 11 main draw players,...

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Pat Cash tips Nick Kyrgios as future tennis star

On the rise: Australia's Nick Kyrgios is earning praise from legends of the game.

Linda Pearce Pat Cash rates blossoming teenager Nick Kyrgios as Australia's most talented prospect since dual grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, the 1987 Wimbledon champion also revealing that a recent...

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Sam Stosur says Wimbledon-eve split with coach was amicable

Sam Stosur says she is in no hurry to find a new coach.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has described as "very amicable" her Wimbledon-eve split with Miles Maclagan.

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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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