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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New TA chief Tiley targets player growth

Linda Pearce Building the playing base will be the focus of new Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley.

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One Australian's luck runs out as Hewitt waits

Gone: Jarmila Gajdosova going down in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce, Brisbane Jarmila Gajdosova leaves in a flurry of errors, the last Australian woman to exit main draw.

Gajdosova's luck runs out as she returns to erratic ways

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Linda Pearce IF JARMILA GAJDOSOVA was considered lucky to avoid a second-round meeting with injured world No. 2 Maria Sharapova at the Brisbane International, and instead play replacement Lesia Tsurenko, the...

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Wildcard pair know what Italians bring to final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23:  Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrate after winning their doubles Semifinal match against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States and Saisai Zheng of China during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce CASEY DELLACQUA and Ashleigh Barty insist they have not thought too much about the loot that would come with a second career grand slam title for 28-year-old Dellacqua and a first at senior level for...

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Australian wildcard duo storm finals

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23:  Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrate after winning their doubles Semifinal match against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States and Saisai Zheng of China during day ten of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce Dellacqua and Barty have not thought too much about loot that would come with grand slam title.

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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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Lleyton Hewitt tipped for more US Open success

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot during his men's singles third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Darren Cahill, is optimistic about the 2001 champion's prospects of continuing his improbable march at the US Open

Barty up and about for debut

Ashleigh Barty

Linda Pearce, London Ashleigh Barty was not expecting to sleep much last night. Not that she minds.

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Hewitt bows out and then there were none

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce, London With a final netted backhand from faded great Lleyton Hewitt, Australia confirms its worst result since 1938.

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Federer rallies to avoid Nadal's fate

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce As the ghost of Rafael Nadal swirled around under the centre court roof that had enclosed the upset of the tournament - and, perhaps, the decade - at Wimbledon on Thursday night, Roger Federer...

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Serena sneaks into quarters

Serena Williams puts her all into a backhand.

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon quarter-finals for the fifth time in six years.