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.

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

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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Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios will not beat Rafael Nadal

The hard-hitting Nick Kyrgios has all the weapons to be a star, Scott Draper says.

Linda Pearce Rod Laver will have none of this talk about Nick Kyrgios as a future top-five player or major championship winner.

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Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios will not beat Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rod Laver will have none of this talk about Nick Kyrgios as a future top-five player or major championship winner.

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Rafael Nadal on Nick Kyrgios defeat: 'Everything is a little bit easier when you are arriving'

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Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal was reluctant to declare Nick Kyrgios the next big thing in tennis, even as John McEnroe was suggesting that the wildcard who had beaten the world No.

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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Rafael Nadal returns to claim elusive prize

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal is back for the only major he has not won at least twice, having suffered a double dose of injury during eight Australian Open visits.

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Bernard Tomic remains positive about meeting world No.1 Rafael Nadal in first round of Australian Open

I think I can: Bernard Tomic is positive about meeting Rafael Nadal.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic notes that Rafael Nadal is human, so he can be beaten.

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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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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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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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Lleyton Hewitt, interrupted, at Wimbledon

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Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt clinging to the hope of reaching a 10th, perhaps last, Wimbledon third round, when play was suspended by drizzling rain.

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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...

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Serena Williams dumped from Wimbledon by Alize Cornet

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Linda Pearce For the third consecutive grand slam since winning her 17th major in New York, Serena Williams has started as the overwhelming title favourite, but gone no further than the fourth round.

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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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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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Tomics: we weren't dumped by IMG and are not threatened by Nick Kyrgios

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic’s father and coach, John, has vigorously challenged reports that his son was dumped by his long-time management company, IMG, claiming the Tomics instigated the recent contractual...

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Nick Kyrgios story: From Wimbledon to Bundoora

Laid-back: Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne on Friday.

Linda Pearce It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless.

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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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We need more like Kyrgios, say Laver, Rosewall

Rod Laver.

Linda Pearce London: Reminders of Australia’s exceptional tennis past have been plentiful in recent days, first with the affectionate honouring of the great Ken Rosewall at Tennis Australia’s annual...