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

Angelique Kerber upsets Maria Sharapova in fourth round

Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova suffers Wimbledon heartache as she is defeated by Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Tennis

Ashleigh Barty backed to have fun against Maria Sharapova

Linda Pearce, Phil Lutton Ashleigh Barty's coach Jason Stoltenberg expects her to play without fear against career grand slam winner Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, in the biggest match of the 17-year-old's career.

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Rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova happy to let tennis do the talking

Sharapova and Williams.

Linda Pearce The record may be one-sided, but the animosity has run both ways.

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Third-seeded Maria Sharapova bows out of the Australian Open

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce Within 24 hours of the Serena Williams boilover, Rod Laver Arena farewelled Maria Sharapova.

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Why Ajla Tomljanovic switched from Croatia to Australia

Serious talent: Ajla Tomljanovic's switch was initially hatched as a bit of joke.

Linda Pearce Ajla Tomljanovic kept her secret for many months. The fact that she had applied for Australian residency in January.

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At home in the big time: Eugenie Bouchard aims to crown rise

Canadian first ... Eugenie Bouchard hits a return against Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce In marketability terms, Eugenie Bouchard has been likened to Anna Kournikova, but in no other sense is the comparison valid. At 20, Bouchard is already guaranteed a higher ranking (No.

Tennis

Petra Kvitova wins Wimbledon title over Eugenie Bouchard

Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce Three years after the maiden grand slam title that it was thought would be the first of several, Petra Kvitova has claimed her second Wimbledon crown.

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Two down for Petra Kvitova, after overwhelming Eugenie Bouchard, so how many more Wimbledon tennis titles?

Twin triumphs for Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce The inevitable talk following Petra Kvitova’s 6-3, 6-0 final brilliance against Eugenie Bouchard was about how many more Wimbledon titles she might now win.

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Eugenie Bouchard becomes first Canadian to make a grand slam final

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns a backhand to Romania's Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce Eugenie Bouchard is now just one step away from claiming her first major title.

Tennis

Serena Williams dumped from Wimbledon by Alize Cornet

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Linda Pearce For the third consecutive grand slam since winning her 17th major in New York, Serena Williams has started as the overwhelming title favourite, but gone no further than the fourth round.

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Andy Murray onside at Wimbledon after easing through first week

Andy Murray urges himself on after winning a point against Spain's Roberto Bautista.

Linda Pearce The first question Andy Murray was asked at Wimbledon this year was how it felt to have the hopes of a despondent World Cup nation on his shoulders.

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Stan Wawrinka unhappy with Wimbledon schedule

Stan Wawrinka .

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka has savaged the scheduling that has left him to play three best-of five-set matches in three days if he is to reach a maiden Wimbledon semi-final.

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Tennis

Luke Saville demolished, far from disgraced

Luke Saville is still just 20, but has not found the transition to senior tennis as easy as he had hoped.

Linda Pearce South Australian qualifier Luke Saville's loss was convincing, and clinical at times, but not unexpected.

Tennis

Serena Williams not yet over Roland Garros exit ahead of Wimbledon

Serena Wlliams

Linda Pearce Q: Your French Open defeat, how long did it take you to get over that?Serena Williams: “Who says I was over it?

Tennis

What you need to know for Wimbledon

Andy Murray will be looking to repeat his last outing.

Linda Pearce While Marion Bartoli retired 40 days after winning her first grand slam title so unexpectedly last year, Andy Murray returns to deafening applause to defend what a British man has not previously...

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Australians draw winnable first rounds at Wimbledon

A general view of Wimbledon as qualifying matches were in progress.

Linda Pearce Winnable first rounds for Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon could precede far more difficult assignments in the second for three of Australia’s 11 main draw players,...

Tennis

Li Na fails in early stages of grand slam event again

China's Li Na stretches for a return against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Linda Pearce, London Australian Open champion Li Na has faltered in the early stages of a grand slam for the second successive time since her triumph at Melbourne Park.

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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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Nishikori out, Sharapova waltzes through to second round

Maria Sharapova had an easy passage into the second round.

Linda Pearce, Paris With the demise of Kei Nishikori, the French Open men's draw lost its first single-figure seed early on a damp second day at Roland Garros.

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Sam Stosur's French Open optimism against Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur cannot let Dominika Cibulkova play the way she likes to, and Cibulkova knows she cannot allow Stosur to play the way she has.