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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No ordinary Jo

Linda Pearce Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has no plans to do Roger Federer any more favours.

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Pained Serena sent packing by Ivanovic

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Former No.1 rediscovering her best tennis after some difficult years.

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Third-seeded Maria Sharapova bows out of the Australian Open

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce Within 24 hours of the Serena Williams boilover, Rod Laver Arena farewelled Maria Sharapova.

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Azarenka threepeat is on, says an expert

Pumped: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce As her rivals drop, Victoria Azarenka's favouritism to win the women's singles title grows.

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Celebrations won't stop the fireworks on court

Foot Faults dink for Australian Open

Linda Pearce and Emma Quayle After lengthy negotiations the Australia Day fireworks will be moved 3.5 kilometres down the road.

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Federer is hoping to overcome a lopsided rivalry against Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Federer will be trying to turn around a lopsided rivalry, writes Linda Pearce.

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Pete Sampras says each decade has its great players

Pete Sampras

Linda Pearce Pete Sampras says he had rejected several coaching approaches since his retirement.

Scratchy start ends on a high

Big finish: Li Na celebrates her convincing win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Linda Pearce The first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title now owns two.

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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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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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Victoria Azarenka shrugs off fuss over return to Australia

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka play beach tennis while opening the Hua Hin Beach Tennis Championship in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, on Saturday.

Linda Pearce Issue of controversial semi-final medical time-out pursued her through a difficult season.

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Australian Open: Great expectations

Switzerland's Roger Federer

Linda Pearce You might call it a dream tennis day, and it was, so we will. First, sitting with Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena for a strictly-few-minutes chat that stretched nicely beyond.

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Raf and ready

Linda Pearce A fighting fit Rafael Nadal is set to rip at Rod Laver Arena, writes Linda Pearce.

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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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Casey Dellacqua into round two and delighted about the forecast

Casey Dellacqua after her first-round victory.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua was on, and off, before the worst heat of the day – and, particularly, the week – arrived.

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Time on my side, says Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has a big game on Tuesday and it may all end there.

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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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Lleyton Hewitt bows out in marathon match

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Veteran's promising Australian Open build-up ends in despair at Melbourne Park.

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Australian greats defend Bernard Tomic

Former tennis player John Newcombe

Linda Pearce and Michael Chammas Former Australian greats have defended Bernard Tomic's retirement one set into his opening round Australian Open match against world No.