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

Marinko Matosevic upsets Fernando Verdasco

Linda Pearce Having heaved from his broad back the gorilla that was a winless record from his first 12 grand slams, Marinko Matosevic has now enjoyed success in his past two.

Tennis

Tennis fans rushing to snap up Australian Open tickets

Serena Williams practising at Melbourne Park.

Linda Pearce Advance Australian Open ticket sales tracking at record levels less than a week out.

Tennis

Untouchable Serena defeats Sharapova

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams extended her domination of both Maria Sharapova and women's tennis this morning, the American completing an untouchable second half of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Sharapova...

Serena sets up teen protege showdown

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Serena Williams of the United States looks on in her fourth round match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during day eight of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce Five-time champion Serena Williams has delivered another devastating display to set up a mouth-watering Australian Open showdown with her teenage heir apparent Sloane Stephens.

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.

Fragile Jarmila a contrast to serene Jelena

Jarmila Gajdosova

Linda Pearce AUSTRALIAN No.2 Jarmila Gajdosova has an 18-16 combined win-loss record at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. At the Australian Open, it is 0-7.

Tennis

No Djoke for Sharapova after shock Wimbledon loss

Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic does a famous impersonation of Maria Sharapova, but there was little about his fellow No.1 today that Djokovic wished to imitate.

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Tennis

Vintage Williams in Wimbledon advance

Serena

Linda Pearce Given that the two former champions remaining in the women's draw at Wimbledon collided at the quarter-final stage, only one, obviously, could reach the last four.

Tennis

Williams, Radwanska cruise into Wimbledon final

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams is within one more win of a fifth Wimbledon title, and only first-time finalist Agnieszka Radwanska can deny the great American a 14th career grand slam.

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