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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Petra Kvitova wins Wimbledon title over Eugenie Bouchard

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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Two down for Petra Kvitova, after overwhelming Eugenie Bouchard, so how many more Wimbledon tennis titles?

Twin triumphs for Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce The inevitable talk following Petra Kvitova’s 6-3, 6-0 final brilliance against Eugenie Bouchard was about how many more Wimbledon titles she might now win.

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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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Andy Murray onside at Wimbledon after easing through first week

Andy Murray urges himself on after winning a point against Spain's Roberto Bautista.

Linda Pearce The first question Andy Murray was asked at Wimbledon this year was how it felt to have the hopes of a despondent World Cup nation on his shoulders.

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Zahlavova Strycova eliminates Wozniacki to reach quarter-finals

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic hits a return to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their singles match at Wimbledon on Monday.

Linda Pearce Having already disposed of the second seed, Li Na, world No.43 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has extended her havoc-wreaking Wimbledon run, eliminating former No.

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Stan Wawrinka unhappy with Wimbledon schedule

Stan Wawrinka .

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka has savaged the scheduling that has left him to play three best-of five-set matches in three days if he is to reach a maiden Wimbledon semi-final.

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Angelique Kerber upsets Maria Sharapova in fourth round

Maria Sharapova

Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova suffers Wimbledon heartache as she is defeated by Germany's Angelique Kerber.

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Eugenie Bouchard becomes first Canadian to make a grand slam final

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns a backhand to Romania's Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce Eugenie Bouchard is now just one step away from claiming her first major title.

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At home in the big time: Eugenie Bouchard aims to crown rise

Canadian first ... Eugenie Bouchard hits a return against Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce In marketability terms, Eugenie Bouchard has been likened to Anna Kournikova, but in no other sense is the comparison valid. At 20, Bouchard is already guaranteed a higher ranking (No.

A serener Serena

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce A shock loss to Virginie Razzano in 2012 was the catalyst for Serena Williams' rebirth.

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Stosur misses big dance

Romania's Simona Halep kisses her trophy after her victory over Samantha Stosur in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's two-final, one-title end to the season comes too late.

Serena Williams' dominance tipped to continue at season-ending Istanbul WTA Championships

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce The question is as it was, and remains this: can Serena Williams be beaten?

Victoria Azarenka: men should play three sets

Victoria Azarenka:

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka has her own take on the current debate over best-of-three-sets tennis versus best-of-five. "I actually think men should play three sets," said the dual Australian Open winner.

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Jelena Jankovic stuns Victoria Azarenka at WTA Championships

Jelena Jankovic.

Linda Pearce After a two-year absence from the WTA Championships, born-again Jelena Jankovic has made an emphatic return to the season finale.

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WTA Championships: Serena Williams powers through as Li Na claims consecutive wins

Linda Pearce Li Na has what she calls "one feet" in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams, typically, has jumped in with both.

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Victoria Azarenka plays through pain to avoid post-match 'discussion'

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka did not win, but felt she could not win, either.

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All going Li Na’s way to realise another goal at WTA Championship

Li Na

Linda Pearce Li Na started this year with the twin goals of winning another grand slam title and becoming the first Asian player to break into the world's top three.

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...

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Tennis superstars undecided on the year's best player

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce This week's $4.9 million WTA Championships could help decide who is the women's player-of-the-year.