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.

A serener Serena

Linda Pearce A shock loss to Virginie Razzano in 2012 was the catalyst for Serena Williams' rebirth.

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How Serena Williams rebooted her career after grand slam debacle

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams says she will be happy even if she never wins another tennis match and yet win is all she seems to do.

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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.

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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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Scratchy start ends on a high

Big finish: Li Na celebrates her convincing win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Linda Pearce The first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title now owns two.

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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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Azarenka foots cost of pedicure with forfeit in semi-final

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce AN OVERZEALOUS pedicurist has been fingered for disrupting the Australian Open preparation of defending champion Victoria Azarenka, who withdrew from Friday night's Brisbane International semi-final...

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Injury forces Azarenka out of Williams clash

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce A bad pedicure has been fingered for disrupting the Australian Open preparation of defending champion Victoria Azarenka.

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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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Azarenka 'suffered to win' says coach

Victoria Azarenka with her trophy.

Linda Pearce and Greg Baum Victoria Azarenka's coach Sam Sumyk was proud, blunt, and rather angry.

Sumyk defends his star's teary triumph

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates with coach Sam Sumyk after defeating Li Na of China in her women's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce, Greg Baum VICTORIA AZARENKA'S coach Sam Sumyk was proud, blunt, and rather angry. ''This is a trophy that she suffered to win, so maybe that explained the tears,'' said the Frenchman, who has coached Azarenka...

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Stosur: I'm back to my top form

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur felt something in Carlsbad, southern California, earlier this month.

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Stosur feels form and aggression of 2011 victory returning to her game

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur felt something in Carlsbad, southern California, earlier this month. Not just the welcome weight of another WTA singles trophy in her hands after almost two years, but the sense she was...

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Samantha Stosur knocked out of US Open by qualifier

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has been stunned by 296th-ranked American qualifier Victoria Duval in the biggest upset of the US Open's first round, the 2011 champion eliminated 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 by a 17-year-old playing in...

Stosur looks on bright side

2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Stroke of good fortune for defending champion is that Serena Williams is in other half of draw.

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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Her last bow: Clijsters set for final Wimbledon

Russia's Maria Sharapova (left) embraces Belgium's Kim Clijsters during a practice session on the eve of the Wimbledon Championships.

Linda Pearce, London Kim Clijsters declares herself fit to contest Wimbledon for the last time.

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Djokovic, Federer through as big names fall at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce, London Titleholder Novak Djokovic and six-time champion Roger Federer moved smoothly through to the Wimbledon second round on an opening day that counted sixth seed Tomas Berdych and Venus Williams among...

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Federer rallies to avoid Nadal's fate

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce As the ghost of Rafael Nadal swirled around under the centre court roof that had enclosed the upset of the tournament - and, perhaps, the decade - at Wimbledon on Thursday night, Roger Federer...

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Nadal's vanquisher falls by the way

Nadal's vanquisher falls by the way

Linda Pearce, London Wimbledon giant-slayer Lukas Rosol goes flaming out of the tournament he electrified.