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

Hewitt's tenacity wins him rivals' admiration

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal watched most of Lleyton Hewitt's victory over Juan Martin del Potro, admiring his occasional golf partner's determination to continue, and still to excel, after so many surgeries and...

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Tomic needs to act on Rafter's ultimatum

Bernard Tomic and Pat Rafter.

Linda Pearce Simply, Bernard Tomic has to work harder. Pat Rafter has been saying it and Tomic has been agreeing.

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Tomic admits coming up short in tough year

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Bernard Tomic meekly departs the Shanghai Rolex Masters in the first round.

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Tomic's exertion queried again

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce SHANGHAI: Bernard Tomic has meekly departed the Shanghai Rolex Masters in the first round through a 6-4, 6-0 capitulation to Florian Mayer, the German acknowledging that Tomic ''probably didn't try...

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Harsh but fair as Rafter wrangles difficult team

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Linda Pearce When Bernard Tomic was told of his disciplinary dumping from Australia's Davis Cup team for next year's opening round zone tie in Taiwan, he asked for the reasons why. Really?

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Serena's rekindled passion

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams makes jokes about arthritis these days, about the good-time girl who has become so staid that she often fancies a nanna nap, and so dull that sometimes she even bores herself.

Tennis

The softer side of superwoman

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Serena Williams of the United States serves against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the gold medal match of the Women's Singles Tennis on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


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Linda Pearce SERENA Williams makes jokes about arthritis these days, about the good-time girl who has become so staid that she often fancies a nanna nap, and so dull that sometimes she even bores herself.

Venus vows to go for gold

Struggling: Venus Williams after her first-round loss to Elena Vesnina.

Linda Pearce, London For all her defiance, bordering on rudeness, Venus Williams, 32, is struggling.

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Williams, Radwanska cruise into Wimbledon final

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams is within one more win of a fifth Wimbledon title, and only first-time finalist Agnieszka Radwanska can deny the great American a 14th career grand slam.

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Dad throws Serena the perfect present

Raw power: Serena Williams sends down another ace.

Linda Pearce, London Barbie? Cabbage Patch Kids? Not for the two youngest Williams children, it seems.

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Crowning the comeback

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Linda Pearce Serena Williams has made a successful comeback and is on the verge of a fifth Wimbledon title.

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Champion gets down to grass tacks

Serena Williams with her trophy.

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams' win was not just the culmination of all that has happened, but perhaps the start of something else.