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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Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Linda Pearce As Pat Cash watched Nick Kyrgios upstage Rafael Nadal on the world's most famous court, the 1987 Wimbledon champion was reminded of a long-ago match at faraway Melbourne Park.

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Pat Cash tips Nick Kyrgios as future tennis star

On the rise: Australia's Nick Kyrgios is earning praise from legends of the game.

Linda Pearce Pat Cash rates blossoming teenager Nick Kyrgios as Australia's most talented prospect since dual grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, the 1987 Wimbledon champion also revealing that a recent...

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Pat Cash: Bernard Tomic needs a break

Exit: Bernard Tomic after losing in Florida last week.

Linda Pearce Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes Bernard Tomic's longer-term tennis interests and mental health would be best served by the controversial 21-year-old taking an extended break from the game.

Off the couch and down to business

Serving it up: US Open junior title winner Omar Jasika.

Linda Pearce Barely 12 months ago, Omar Jasika was not the poster boy for the junior game in Australia. He was showing signs of becoming something of a problem child.

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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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Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios becomes sixth Australian in second round

Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand against Stephane Robert.

Linda Pearce The youngest man left in the Wimbledon men's draw celebrated his All England Club debut with a place in the second round.

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Lleyton Hewitt and the Australian renaissance at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Pat Cash, Hewitt’s Australian predecessor as Wimbledon champion, believes Hewitt is still as keen as he is capable.

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Kyrgios hailed as Australia's new sensation

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Pat Cash hesitates to anoint Nick Kyrgios as a future Wimbledon champion.

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Wozniacki shakes off the 'victim' tag

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Croatia's Ama Konjuh.

Linda Pearce With a smile, a wave and a thumbs-up to Denmark's Crown Prince Frederick in the players' box, Caroline Wozniacki strolled into the Wimbledon fourth round.

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Tennis: Kyrgios reaches the Wimbledon fourth round against Nadal

Relief: Nick Kyrgios celebrates after beating Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic.

Linda Pearce An excellent Wimbledon adventure continues for Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who followed-up his extraordinary defeat of Richard Gasquet with a more straightforward march past young Czech rival...

Nick Kyrgios believes he can beat Rafael Nadal in Round of 16 at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce When Nick Kyrgios says he can beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth round, he believes it, for that is his nature, and one of his great strengths.

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Nick Kyrgios hailed by tennis world after epic Wimbledon win

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is a potential grand slam champion headed for the world’s top five, according to Richard Gasquet, the man across the net from the young Australian who enthralled Wimbledon with his...

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Nick Kyrgios, the rock star of Australian tennis, aims to keep steady beat in Rafa clash

Power and passion: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Coach Simon Rea does not watch his rock star pupil's slightly cocky swagger, and flashy look-at-me pizzaz, and wish he was seeing something more restrained.

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The Nick Kyrgios miracle shot

Kyrgios

Linda Pearce In a match, and a tournament, that Nick Kyrgios will never forget, came a shot that he may never repeat.

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Nick Kyrgios can handle the pressure

A heart that Phar Lap would be proud of: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Wherever tennis takes Nick Kyrgios after a remarkable Wimbledon, the certainty is that nothing will ever be the same again.

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Easy first-round passage for Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic hits a return to Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Linda Pearce, Paris There is one piece missing from Novak Djokovic's grand slam puzzle: Roland Garros.

Our new No.1 has no grand slam victories

Marinko Matosevic.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic will become Australia's top-ranked tennis player on Monday.

Australian 'loss' a matter of form

Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Could world No. 15 Milos Raonic have been the top-20 successor to Lleyton Hewitt?

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Young gun earns wildcard shot at Wimbledon

Ashleigh Barty

Linda Pearce Reigning girls' champion Ashleigh Barty to play in the main tournament at Wimbledon.

Positive signs for Stosur

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce, London Lindsay Davenport says women's champion will be Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams or Petra Kvitova.