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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Paris postcard from 12-year-old future tennis ace

Olivia Gadecki at the Eiffel Tower.

Linda Pearce Not everyone can be a Martina Hingis, the Swiss prodigy who was winning junior grand slam titles at the age of 12 and her first senior Australian Open at 16.

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Azarenka threepeat is on, says an expert

Pumped: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce As her rivals drop, Victoria Azarenka's favouritism to win the women's singles title grows.

Stars say drug-testing is stringent in tennis

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova approve of the exacting drug-testing procedures in tennis.

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Stars learn to deal with drug tests

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce 'People show up at my house at five in the morning trying to test me' says Serena Williams.

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Hingis back on court and having double the fun

Martina Hingis

Linda Pearce Martina Hingis closes out first match in her return with back-to-back double faults.

Believe it, Victoria, believe it! The new tennis queen

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce 'What happened?' Victoria Azarenka kept asking, as if she did not dare to believe all the questions her performance had just answered.

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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...

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Crowning the comeback

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Linda Pearce Serena Williams has made a successful comeback and is on the verge of a fifth Wimbledon title.

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Serena stutters briefly, but recovers to win

Serena

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams overcomes a bout of nerves to win the women's title.