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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Marinko Matosevic upsets Fernando Verdasco

Linda Pearce Having heaved from his broad back the gorilla that was a winless record from his first 12 grand slams, Marinko Matosevic has now enjoyed success in his past two.

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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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Mark Woodforde urges Marinko Matosevic to keep mind on job after early success

Emotionally, Marinko Matosevic is still too erratic, but, potentially, the world No.58 belongs among the seeds he has shown he is able to beat

Linda Pearce Ask Mark Woodforde about coaching Marinko Matosevic, and he searches for the right words. What he eventually offers reveals the frustration of knowing what Matosevic is capable of achieving, but yet...

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Marinko Matosevic goes down in epic battle

Marinko Matosevic's unforced errors was his downfall.

Linda Pearce It will take the 28-year-old Marinko Matosevic some time to get over his agonising loss to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

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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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Sam Stosur knocked out in first round at Wimbledon

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Having already acknowledged she was not going to win the title at Wimbledon, Sam Stosur would nevertheless have hoped to win at least one match.

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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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What you need to know for Wimbledon

Andy Murray will be looking to repeat his last outing.

Linda Pearce While Marion Bartoli retired 40 days after winning her first grand slam title so unexpectedly last year, Andy Murray returns to deafening applause to defend what a British man has not previously...

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Late-blooming Australians Matosevic and Groth ready to roll

Marinko Matosevic.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic had Wimbledon’s grass in mind when he planned his unique victory roll to celebrate the end of his long and enervating grand slam drought.

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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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Darren Cahill rules himself out of Tennis Australia job

Tennis racquet

Linda Pearce While Australia is still lacking a player in the men's top 40, it also remains without a head of its high performance program, with Darren Cahill having ruled himself out of contention.

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Tomic needs to commit: Djoker

Challenged: Bernard Tomic needs to improve his ''85 per cent'' effort.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Novak Djokovic optimistic that success will come to Bernard Tomic with time and experience.

Ten things to like about tennis this summer

Young Australia Tennis player Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Interactive: The tournaments, players and moments to watch this season.

Tomic ticks all the boxes with his gutsy win

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce WORLD No.8 Mardy Fish has already hailed Bernard Tomic a superior talent, but Tomic yesterday showed competitive qualities even he was not sure he possessed.

Tomic through thanks to a healthy dose of self-belief

Tomic

Linda Pearce WHERE Sam Stosur struggles, Bernard Tomic thrives. Stosur, famously, owns a US Open title, while Tomic's best-known possession is a $150,000 orange BMW familiar to the Gold Coast police.