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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Lleyton Hewitt loses US Open thriller to Mikhail Youzhny

Linda Pearce Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after suffering a sapping five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.

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Testing times for injury-prone Nick Kyrgios require attitude shift, says Pat Rafter

Nick Kyrgios has been selected as Australia’s second player for the tie against Uzbekistan.

Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.

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Nick Kyrgios ready to make a brand new start of it in New York

Master blaster: Nick Kyrgios playing in a Canadian Open match against Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios loves New York. The city that never sleeps is the ideal fit for the teenaged showman whose remarkable senior tennis awakening came recently on the sedate lawns of the All England Club.

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Is Sam Stosur a French Open smokey?

Australia's Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has done what she usually does: reach the third round of the French Open.

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No grand slam wins but Matosevic to take number one baton

Marinko Matosevic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic took over from Lleyton Hewitt, who succeeded Pat Rafter as Australia's top-ranked male tennis player.

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Take a break, Tomic urged

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Amid social media wisecracks about 'Tomic the Tank Engine', came some sound advice.

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Tomic in danger of losing X-factor

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Young Australian urged to end revolving door of support staff and surround himself with a stable team.

Close, but not close enough for defeated local contingent

Matthew Ebden

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle, Linda Pearce SAMANTHA STOSUR aside, it was a bad day at the office for the Australian hopes in the first round on Monday.

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'Pumped' Hewitt displays vintage form

Linda Pearce LLEYTON HEWITT plays only for the big occasions these days and, in the twilight of his celebrated career, this one was momentous.

16 again, Hewitt is walking familiar ground

Marching on: Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's progress is no surprise to one of his boyhood idols, Mats Wilander.

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Djokovic looms as Hewitt closes in on quarter-finals

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt. Into the fourth round of the US Open for the first time since 2006. A surprise to many is no shock to one of his boyhood idols, Mats Wilander.

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Lleyton Hewitt tipped for more US Open success

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot during his men's singles third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Darren Cahill, is optimistic about the 2001 champion's prospects of continuing his improbable march at the US Open

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Hewitt grit a cup boost

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's next stop: Warsaw, via Munich, for Australia's Davis Cup qualifying tie against Poland.

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Williams, Djokovic smash their opponents

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Four-time US Open champion Serena Williams embarrassed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium to book a semi-final against fifth seed Li Na.

Stosur looks on bright side

2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Stroke of good fortune for defending champion is that Serena Williams is in other half of draw.

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Federer storms into Wimbledon semi-final

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce, London Roger Federer has reached a record 32nd grand slam semi-final but first at Wimbledon in three years, after an imperious 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 domination of his 14-time whipping boy, Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

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Grass the great unknown for legends with no secrets

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning in his semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eleven of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce For all that has transpired during 26 matches over seven years - 10 of them in majors - the history of Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic has been exclusively written on hardcourts and clay.

Grass hasn't grown under their feet

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Linda Pearce For all that has transpired during 26 matches over seven years, 10 of them in majors, the history of Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic has been exclusively written on hardcourts and clay.

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Vintage Federer too much for Djokovic

Federer

Linda Pearce, London Roger Federer has never lost a semi-final at Wimbledon. Not in the seven glorious years from 2003-2009 that delivered six titles.

Federer keeps his semis record intact

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates

Linda Pearce, London Swiss sends defending champion packing in four sets with relative ease.