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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Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt stretched by Aussie teen at Brisbane International

Linda Pearce On New Year's Eve, victory for an old-timer. Before 2013 had quite ended, Lleyton Hewitt started the 2014 season with a 6-3, 7-5 defeat of a future Australian star, 17-year-old qualifier Thanasi...

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Lleyton Hewitt continues charge towards Brisbane International title

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian man to win a tournament in the season's opening week, and he could yet repeat what he achieved as an emerging superstar in his home town of Adelaide 14 years...

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Lleyton Hewitt still flying the flag for Australian tennis

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian man to win a tournament in the season's opening week.

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Lleyton Hewitt reaches his first final in Australia since 2005

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination, and Saturday's courageous 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 semi-final victory over second seed Kei Nishikori...

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Lleyton Hewitt fights back to earn place in final against Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their two-and-a-half hour long men's singles semi-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Jason Reed  (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination.

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Lleyton Hewitt scores a win for the ages with his Brisbane International title win over Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt fought as if he would rather die than retreat, surrender, or concede even a centimetre.

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Lleyton Hewitt bows out in marathon match

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Veteran's promising Australian Open build-up ends in despair at Melbourne Park.

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Lleyton Hewitt's US Open adventure continues

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The former No.1 has advanced safely into the fourth round, with the romantic possibility of going even deeper still.

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Lleyton Hewitt tipped for more US Open success

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot during his men's singles third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Darren Cahill, is optimistic about the 2001 champion's prospects of continuing his improbable march at the US Open

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Lleyton Hewitt loses US Open thriller to Mikhail Youzhny

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after suffering a sapping five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.

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Nick Kyrgios chases more nights to remember

Magic: Kyrgios at the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce While Nick Kyrgios admits it must seem as if the highs in his young career have far outweighed the lows, he also knows how it feels to be homesick, to move between lonely hotel rooms, to miss his...

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Bernard Tomic likely to return at Monte Carlo after hip surgeries

Linda Pearce Monte Carlo Masters in mid-April probable where and when of Bernard Tomic's tournament return.

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Special Ks 'pose threat to Tomic'

Australia's Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic could soon feel the hip-pocket pain of endorsement loss to match his teetering relationship with the Australian public.

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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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Hewitt's experience sees him through first round

Linda Pearce Before 2013 had quite ended, Lleyton Hewitt started the 2014 season with a win.

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Marinko Matosevic in ''L" of a win

Marinko Matosevic

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic reaches his first quarter-final by defeating American Sam Querrey.

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Hewitt swings a berth in the quarter finals of the Brisbane International

Linda Pearce Regardless of whether or not this is Lleyton Hewitt's farewell tour, the 32-year-old's next stop is the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

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Hewitt's body and fighting spirit united as he dispatches fellow evergreen

LLeyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Regardless of whether or not this is Lleyton Hewitt's farewell tour, the 32-year-old's next stop is the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

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Marinko Matosevic ready to take on Federer in Brisbane quarter-finals

Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

Linda Pearce Matosevic's clash with Federer will be a battle between elegance and excitability.

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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.