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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Adieu Marion: Bartoli signs off

Marion Bartoli.

Linda Pearce A little over a month after taking Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli has retired at the age of 28.

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Azarenka focused on winning, not her nemesis

Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has returned to Australia illuminated by the spotlight that comes with being the reigning Australian Open champion, but she insists her approach to this year’s tournament...

Azarenka back, ready to roll

Confident: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce, Brisbane World No. 1 is back with an approach she insists will be no different from last year.

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Win sees Stosur through to second round

Sam Stosur defeats Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Linda Pearce, London Sam Stosur's impressive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro last night earned her a place in the second round for the first time in three years.

Stosur stepping up

Coming through: Sam Stosur chases down a shot from Carla Suarez Navarro yesterday.

Linda Pearce, London Giant opening leap with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Djokovic goes through unCzeched

Novak Djokovic shows his displeasure after losing the first set of his third-round match to the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek.

Linda Pearce, London Defending champion loses his first set of the tournament but wins through to round-of-16,

Sharapova crashes out in fourth round

Germany's Sabine Lisicki sinks to her knees in ecstacy after her victory.

Linda Pearce, London The 10 years since a woman last completed the major clay-grass double at the French Open and Wimbledon has been extended to 11.

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No Djoke for Sharapova after shock Wimbledon loss

Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic does a famous impersonation of Maria Sharapova, but there was little about his fellow No.1 today that Djokovic wished to imitate.

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Shouting is over for deflated Russian

Philosophical: Maria Sharapova contemplates her loss to Sabine Lisicki.

Linda Pearce, London Maria Sharapova's latest visit to No. 1 has been surprisingly brief.

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Vintage Williams in Wimbledon advance

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Linda Pearce Given that the two former champions remaining in the women's draw at Wimbledon collided at the quarter-final stage, only one, obviously, could reach the last four.

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Williams lifts to new level

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce, London On top of the shocking indignity of her earliest grand slam loss at last month's French Open, two precarious Wimbledon three-setters against lesser opponents were enough for Serena Williams.