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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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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Serena Williams ends remarkable 2013 with win over Li Na

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams ends her finest statistical year with a three-set defeat of Li Na.

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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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WTA Championships: Serena Williams powers through as Li Na claims consecutive wins

Linda Pearce Li Na has what she calls "one feet" in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams, typically, has jumped in with both.

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Williams forces Azarenka, Li Na semis play-off

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Victoria Azarenka's expected crowning as year-end No.1 will have to wait another night, after the Belarusian was denied 6-4, 6-4 by her nemesis Serena Williams, and left to play eighth seed Li Na for...

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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 threepeat is on, says an expert

Pumped: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce As her rivals drop, Victoria Azarenka's favouritism to win the women's singles title grows.

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Australian Open: Bouchard was expecting to make an impact

Eugenie Bouchard gets ready to serve.

Linda Pearce Coolly composed Canadian says golden run to last four not unexpected.

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Celebrations won't stop the fireworks on court

Foot Faults dink for Australian Open

Linda Pearce and Emma Quayle After lengthy negotiations the Australia Day fireworks will be moved 3.5 kilometres down the road.

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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Serena Williams defeats Jelena Jankovic to advance to final of WTA Championships

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce At the end of an unusually full season, Serena Williams has described her fuel tank as empty. The world No.

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Defending champion Victoria Azarenka hopes for a warm reception when she returns for the 2014 Australian Open

Silver lining: Victoria Azarenka with the spoils of her 2013 Australian Open title.

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka says turbulent times on the court have taught her much about life.

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Victoria Azarenka shrugs off fuss over return to Australia

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka play beach tennis while opening the Hua Hin Beach Tennis Championship in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, on Saturday.

Linda Pearce Issue of controversial semi-final medical time-out pursued her through a difficult season.

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Lucky eight snare remaining Australian Open wildcards

Li Na with the ball kids

Linda Pearce Lucky eight Australians to snare remaining Open wildcards announced.

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Stosur misses big dance

Romania's Simona Halep kisses her trophy after her victory over Samantha Stosur in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's two-final, one-title end to the season comes too late.

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Victoria Azarenka plays through pain to avoid post-match 'discussion'

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka did not win, but felt she could not win, either.

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Azarenka keeps chin up in face of pain

Playing through pain: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka played on through pain in the sixth game of her round-robin finale.

Serena Williams' dominance tipped to continue at season-ending Istanbul WTA Championships

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce The question is as it was, and remains this: can Serena Williams be beaten?