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

Adieu Marion: Bartoli signs off

Linda Pearce A little over a month after taking Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli has retired at the age of 28.

Tennis

Marion Bartoli set to compete at Hopman Cup

Marion Bartoli.

Linda Pearce Marion Bartoli's retirement may prove to be almost comically brief, with reports that the Wimbledon champion, who announced her decision to quit tennis on August 15, but then left the door to a swift...

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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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Stosur feels form and aggression of 2011 victory returning to her game

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur felt something in Carlsbad, southern California, earlier this month. Not just the welcome weight of another WTA singles trophy in her hands after almost two years, but the sense she was...

Tennis

John Tomic banned from Wimbledon too

John Tomic

Linda Pearce John Tomic can expect the same treatment from Wimbledon authorities as he has received at the French Open: a turnstile ban that extends past the official accreditation department to a ''not welcome''...

Tomic father ban to stay

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce John Tomic can expect the same treatment from Wimbledon authorities as he has received at the French Open: a turnstile ban that extends past the official accreditation department to a 'not welcome'...

Stosur on stand-by duty in Istanbul

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce While Sam Stosur's dip from world No. 6 to the outer reaches of the top 10 in the past 12 months has cost her a place in this week's year-end WTA Championships, the Australian has a final prizemoney...

Tennis

Tomic to play wildcard in Wimbledon opener

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce, London After a troubled build-up, Bernard Tomic will open his Wimbledon campaign against the young Belgian wildcard who worried Roger Federer at the French Open just three weeks ago.

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Injured Tsonga wary of facing 'fighter' Hewitt

Battler: Lleyton Hewitt must overcome an injured toe.

Linda Pearce, London Lleyton Hewitt to take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Wimbledon first round.

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Hewitt bows out and then there were none

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce, London With a final netted backhand from faded great Lleyton Hewitt, Australia confirms its worst result since 1938.

Tennis

Federer rallies to avoid Nadal's fate

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce As the ghost of Rafael Nadal swirled around under the centre court roof that had enclosed the upset of the tournament - and, perhaps, the decade - at Wimbledon on Thursday night, Roger Federer...

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.