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.

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

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

Victoria Azarenka: men should play three sets

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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.

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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Bernard Tomic bundled out of US Open by unheralded Brit

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The US Open remains a problematic grand slam destination for Bernard Tomic, who thrives in Australia, and loves the Wimbledon grass, but has now fallen in the second round at Flushing Meadows on each...

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Americans fall on hard times

Linda Pearce As much as Australia yearns for its next grand slam men's champion, 11 years after Lleyton Hewitt's Wimbledon success, the also-once-mighty US has fallen on similarly hard times: no genuine grand...

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Men fall behind as women lead way on court for star-spangled banner

John Isner looks on during his men's singles third round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Linda Pearce The US has had no genuine grand slam contender since 2003 champion Andy Roddick.

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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.

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John Tomic banned; Bernard remains in French Open

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Sitting courtside, John Tomic, father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, watches his son in action.
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Linda Pearce John Tomic has been banned from Roland Garros as his son, Bernard, prepares to contest next week's French Open.

Stosur looks on bright side of Paris memories

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Linda Pearce THE incongruity of Roland Garros for Sam Stosur is that the place where she has produced her most consistent grand slam results has also been the scene of two of her most devastating losses.

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Stosur at home in Paris

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Linda Pearce Australian has bitter-sweet memories of Roland Garros but her record there is good.

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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The BIGGER apple

Having a ball: Sam Stosur is looking forward to her US Open defence.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's back in New York, but can she keep her US Open crown?

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.

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Tearful Kvitova felled by unforced errors

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Linda Pearce, Istanbul Petra Kvitova made an anxious, erratic and eventually tearful start to the defence of her WTA Championship title this morning, beaten 6-3, 6-2 by fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in an opening session...

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Virus forces Kvitova to withdraw

Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce, Istanbul What Petra Kvitova thought was a bad case of opening-night nerves has been diagnosed as a viral illness.