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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Novak Djokovic defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take semi-final in Shanghai

Linda Pearce The world No.1 ranking is again Rafael Nadal's, but the first place in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters belongs to Novak Djokovic.

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Li Na fails in early stages of grand slam event again

China's Li Na stretches for a return against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Linda Pearce, London Australian Open champion Li Na has faltered in the early stages of a grand slam for the second successive time since her triumph at Melbourne Park.

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Djokovic, Dimitrov survive Wimbledon scares

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Linda Pearce Having been cleared of what he suspected was a dislocated shoulder, Novak Djokovic’s plans for a second Wimbledon title remains safely on course in place.

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Andy Murray onside at Wimbledon after easing through first week

Andy Murray urges himself on after winning a point against Spain's Roberto Bautista.

Linda Pearce The first question Andy Murray was asked at Wimbledon this year was how it felt to have the hopes of a despondent World Cup nation on his shoulders.

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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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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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I'm a better player than a decade ago: Federer

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer says he is a better player than when he won his first Australian Open

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Roger Federer says he's a better player and hungry for Open title

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer insists he is a better player now than when he won the first of his four Australian Opens.

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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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Fit Roger Federer says he's keen to play and do his charity show

Linda Pearce Roger Federer has felt no after-effects from his hot and busy week

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Australian Open: Great expectations

Switzerland's Roger Federer

Linda Pearce You might call it a dream tennis day, and it was, so we will. First, sitting with Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena for a strictly-few-minutes chat that stretched nicely beyond.

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Top local hopes in Australian Open drawn to meet big guns of tennis

Rafael Nadal after defeating  Bernard  Tomic.

Linda Pearce The local hopes at the Australian Open will at least get to test themselves against some of the world's best on the grand slam stage.

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Tomic: I made right decision

Bernard Tomic speaks to the media on Wednesday.

Michael Chammas and Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic insists he risked being out of the game for up to four months if he had played on through a groin injury.

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No ordinary Jo

Linda Pearce Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has no plans to do Roger Federer any more favours.

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Pat Rafter puts his faith in teenage duo for Davis Cup play-off

On notice: Nick Kyrgios in the mix in Davis Cup.

Linda Pearce Only upside seen in the selection of teenagers Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Marion Bartoli set to compete at Hopman Cup

Marion Bartoli.

Linda Pearce Marion Bartoli's retirement may prove to be almost comically brief, with reports that the Wimbledon champion, who announced her decision to quit tennis on August 15, but then left the door to a swift...

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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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Dethroned Djokovic first into final of Masters

Oh yeah: A jubilant Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Defending champion eliminates seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5.

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Nadal loses to del Potro in Shanghai Masters upset

Rafael Nadal defeated by Juan Martin del Potro.

Linda Pearce There will not be a 39th instalment, not yet, in the prolific series between reinstated world No.1 Rafael Nadal and the man he usurped.

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Australian Open purse to hit $40m by 2016

Dancers get ready for a performance at the Shanghai Masters tournament yesterday.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Stakes continue to rise in remuneration battle between the grand slams.