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.

A serener Serena

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

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How Serena Williams rebooted her career after grand slam debacle

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams says she will be happy even if she never wins another tennis match and yet win is all she seems to do.

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Sam Stosur's first-round win a real boost

Samantha Stosur will play Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce Home-performance anxiety did not cripple Stosur during last year's Australian Open.

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Dellacqua hot in Open heat

Australia's Casey Dellacqua celebrates after victory in her women's singles match

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua, now 28, and ranked 120th, she is about to return to double figures, and is back in a grand slam fourth round for the first time in what she calls her second career.

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Hingis back on court and having double the fun

Martina Hingis

Linda Pearce Martina Hingis closes out first match in her return with back-to-back double faults.

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Untouchable Serena defeats Sharapova

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams extended her domination of both Maria Sharapova and women's tennis this morning, the American completing an untouchable second half of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Sharapova...

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Woodbridge weighs Fed Cup role

Todd Woodbridge.

Linda Pearce, Brisbane Alicia Molik and Rennae Stubbs are among the confirmed candidates for the Fed Cup captaincy vacated by David Taylor last month, with the possibility of a surprise late expression of interest from...

Scratchy win alters Stosur's game and mindset

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce FAMILIAR opponent, different approach. That, at least, is the plan for Samantha Stosur, who has shrugged the wildebeest from her shoulders by finally - if a little scratchily - winning a match this...

Molik takes over as Fed Cup captain

Alicia Molik.

Linda Pearce Alicia Molik will succeed her former coach, David Taylor, as Australia's Fed Cup captain.

Going for it

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Linda Pearce Sam Stosur heads into the US Open, the one grand slam she has won, without a coach.

Sam strikes out on own

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce When a triumphant Samantha Stosur was hauled up into the players' box to celebrate her maiden grand slam title at the 2011 US Open, her first embrace was with her emotional coach David Taylor, with...

Positive signs for Stosur

Samantha Stosur

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

Dad throws Serena the perfect present

Raw power: Serena Williams sends down another ace.

Linda Pearce, London Barbie? Cabbage Patch Kids? Not for the two youngest Williams children, it seems.