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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Late-blooming Australians Matosevic and Groth ready to roll

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic had Wimbledon’s grass in mind when he planned his unique victory roll to celebrate the end of his long and enervating grand slam drought.

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Hard road ahead for Australians at French Open

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce The last Australian champion in Paris was Margaret Court in 1973, and it seems wildly optimistic to suggest that the long, long wait will end this year.

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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...

A serener Serena

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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

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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The future of Australian tennis arrives in the nick of time

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has the 'X factor', along with the power, the athleticism to be great.

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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Open will review heat policy

Australian Open director Craig Tiley (right) with Li Na of China after her victory in the women's singles final on Saturday night.

Linda Pearce Only four hot days in week one denied the Australian Open a record crowd.

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Reclusive Pete Sampras to present rich 2014 Australian Open prize

Pete Sampras hits up on centre court at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare grand slam appearance to present the Australian Open men's trophy in January, when a total prizemoney purse of $33 million will be shared among the world's...

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The BIGGER apple

Having a ball: Sam Stosur is looking forward to her US Open defence.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's back in New York, but can she keep her US Open crown?

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Serena's rekindled passion

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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.

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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.

Getting off grass, Australia loses its edge

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Linda Pearce The new Tennis Australia regime has failed to deliver the hoped-for revival.