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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Pete Sampras says each decade has its great players

Pete Sampras

Linda Pearce Pete Sampras says he had rejected several coaching approaches since his retirement.

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Reclusive Pete Sampras to present rich 2014 Australian Open prize

Pete Sampras hits up on centre court at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare grand slam appearance to present the Australian Open men's trophy in January, when a total prizemoney purse of $33 million will be shared among the world's...

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Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...

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Lleyton Hewitt departs Wimbledon, perhaps for the last time

Lleyton Hewitt shows his exhilaration after levelling the game against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz at two-sets all.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt is not sure if his farewell wave at Wimbledon was for now, or forever, noting that, at 33, and after so many injuries, he is just one more mishap from “hanging up the bats”...

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Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis celebrates his upset win over Pete Sampras 6-4, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-3).

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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Andy Murray knocked from his throne in straight sets

Andy Murray

Linda Pearce The reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been dethroned, going down in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov.

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Philippoussis praises Kyrgios, criticises Tomic

Mark Philippoussis was plagued by knee injuries during his career, which nevertheless included two grand slam finals.

Linda Pearce Mark Philippoussis rates Nick Kyrgios as the finest Australian prospect since his own days.

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Beaten in the Wimbledon final by Novak Djokovic, was this Roger Federer's last hurrah?

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Linda Pearce As Roger Federer walked across the footbridge from Wimbledon’s centre court to the players’ lawn in the hour after his finals defeat, he was flanked by his four-year-old identical twin...

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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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Stanislas Wawrinka 'surprised' by crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka admits he was surprised by the Melbourne Park crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal for taking an off-court medical timeout.

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Stanislas Wawrinka beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce What Rafael Nadal has called his unluckiest grand slam has defeated him once more.

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Federer survives scare to enter quarter-finals

Roger Federer appears rattled during the match against Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Roger Federer's record 300-week reign as world No.1 is assured.

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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.

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Fit Hewitt 'in a good place'

Lleyton Hewitt into the third round of the US Open, defeating Del Potro

Linda Pearce Former world number one upsets sixth seed Juan Martin De Potro in five sets.

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Thanks for the lesson: Federer gives Bernard a masterclass

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce ROGER FEDERER is not the peerless force he used to be, but Bernard Tomic is still developing into the great player he will become.

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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 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.

He's Scot all the hype

Britain's Andy Murray

Linda Pearce It's been 74 years since the last British man reached a Wimbledon final.