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

Coach Carlos Rodriguez reveals Li Na driven to the edge of retirement

Li Na of China celebrates a point

Linda Pearce Carlos Rodriguez is not certain if Li Na would really have retired as she threatened on the drive to Wimbledon just over seven months ago.

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Li Na looks ahead after rethink helped her win Australian Open

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Now that Li Na has a Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to go with the French version named for Suzanne Lenglen, what will be next?

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All going Li Na’s way to realise another goal at WTA Championship

Li Na

Linda Pearce Li Na started this year with the twin goals of winning another grand slam title and becoming the first Asian player to break into the world's top three.

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How Li Na put the fun back into tennis

Li Na

Linda Pearce On the brink of quitting, the highest-ranked Asian player ever tells Linda Pearce how she rocketed up the rankings.

Women's tennis the winner in epic match

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany  during their tennis match on the second day of the WTA championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo)

Linda Pearce This was a women's match-of-the-year candidate, just when one was needed. A marvellous three-set, three-hour exhibition at the WTA Championships, in which top seed Victoria Azarenka saved two match...

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Radwanska triumphs in record-breaking WTA match

Agnieszka Radwanska.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul The longest best-of-three-set match in WTA Championships history has won Agnieszka Radwanska a semi-final place in the $4.9 million year-end tournament for the first time.

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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.

Challenger shows the nerve to be idol threat

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce WHEN people ask Martina Navratilova (major singles titles: 18) how she would fare in a fantasy singles match against Serena Williams (major singles titles: 15, and mounting), she has a stock response.

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Li Na winning the battle of hearts & minds

Li Na

Linda Pearce A new mentor has helped the Chinese star become a formidable figure on centre court, writes Linda Pearce.

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Brighter prospects as Li learns to exhale

Australian Open Tennis Day  11 , Li Na during her victory over Maria Sharapova on Rod Laver ArenaPhoto Pat Scala The AgeThursday the 24th of January 2013

Linda Pearce THE technical improvement in Li Na's tennis has been with her serve and forehand; the bigger change in China's most famous sportswoman is a happy combination of heart, legs and mind.

Believe it, Victoria, believe it! The new tennis queen

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce 'What happened?' Victoria Azarenka kept asking, as if she did not dare to believe all the questions her performance had just answered.

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