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

Novak Djokovic back on form at Shanghai Masters with defeat against Gael Monfils

Linda Pearce Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost his first set of the tournament but won his way safely through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Gael...

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Nick Kyrgios pulls off incredible Wimbledon win

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014.                        REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce The Canberran teenager has easily the biggest win of his career, coming back from two sets down to upset French 13th seed Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

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Kyrgios: Wimbledon, and the world, at his feet

Australia's Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce On one screen, player-turned commentator Wally Masur was watching Wimbledon sensation Nick Kyrgios saving an astonishing nine match points after also losing the first two sets to 13th seed Richard...

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Nick Kyrgios chases more nights to remember

Magic: Kyrgios at the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce While Nick Kyrgios admits it must seem as if the highs in his young career have far outweighed the lows, he also knows how it feels to be homesick, to move between lonely hotel rooms, to miss his...

Tennis

Fed up with nicknames, Grigor Dimitrov plays it straight

Grigor Dimitrov

Linda Pearce The colour in Dimitrov's game is being toned down, even as his status as Maria Sharapova's handbag ensures a long lens trained on more than his backhand.

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The future of Australian tennis arrives in the nick of time

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has the 'X factor', along with the power, the athleticism to be great.

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Nadal set to cement his claims on top ranking

Rafael Nadal of Spain

Linda Pearce US Open champion shows why he is considered the player to beat again.

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Monfils beats Federer in Shanghai

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer is not yet ready to concede, but the evidence of his decline is mounting.

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There's hope still for Tomic to realise potential, says legend Laver

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Rod Laver remains optimistic about the career prospects of Bernard Tomic.

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Del Potro 'beaten' before his semi against Nadal

No. 1: Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce Seventh-seeded Juan del Potro trails Rafael Nadal 8-3 in career meetings.

Tennis

Federer phenomenon rolls on

Always charming: Roger Federer signs autographs during a meet-the-fans event before the Shanghai Masters.

Linda Pearce He's in decline, but you wouldn't know it given the continued adoration of his fans.

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Take a break, Tomic urged

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Amid social media wisecracks about 'Tomic the Tank Engine', came some sound advice.

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No tonic for Tomic

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Linda Pearce, Istanbul Roger Rasheed, the coach recently endorsed by fellow South Australian Darren Cahill as the ideal fit for struggling Bernard Tomic, has accepted what can only be regarded as an easier option: a job...

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Stosur struggles, turns sights to rest and revival

Shaking on it: Maria Sharapova and Sam Stosur in Istanbul.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Sam Stosur's self-assessment is ''seven out of 10'' for the season she has completed.

Seeded Stosur in company of one

APIA International Sydney tennis centre Sydney Olympic Park.
Sam Stosur Australia vs Jie Zheng of China 
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Linda Pearce BERNARD TOMIC'S regression last year will leave the world's No.9 Samantha Stosur as the only seeded Australian for a second consecutive grand slam.