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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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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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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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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Angelique Kerber upsets Maria Sharapova in fourth round

Maria Sharapova

Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova suffers Wimbledon heartache as she is defeated by Germany's Angelique Kerber.

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Petra Kvitova wins Wimbledon title over Eugenie Bouchard

Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce Three years after the maiden grand slam title that it was thought would be the first of several, Petra Kvitova has claimed her second Wimbledon crown.

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Serena Williams not yet over Roland Garros exit ahead of Wimbledon

Serena Wlliams

Linda Pearce Q: Your French Open defeat, how long did it take you to get over that?Serena Williams: “Who says I was over it?

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Flying solo: Sam Stosur prepares for first-round slog at Wimbledon

Samantha Stosur:

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur walks into Roland Garros each year expecting, and expected, to do well.

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What you need to know for Wimbledon

Andy Murray will be looking to repeat his last outing.

Linda Pearce While Marion Bartoli retired 40 days after winning her first grand slam title so unexpectedly last year, Andy Murray returns to deafening applause to defend what a British man has not previously...

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Hard road ahead for Australians at French Open

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce The last Australian champion in Paris was Margaret Court in 1973, and it seems wildly optimistic to suggest that the long, long wait will end this year.

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Australia's Fed Cup team aiming to end final drought

Teaming up: From left, Samantha Stosur, Ashleigh Barty, Casey Delacqua and Storm Sanders.

Linda Pearce Fed Cup is like Davis Cup's little sister, the sibling that struggles to be noticed, the one that suffers a minor identity crisis beyond its dedicated inner circle.

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Stosur searches for upside to Fed Cup defeat

Love-two: Sam Stosur lost both her Fed Cup matches in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce There was to be no Easter Sunday resurrection for Australia’s Fed Cup team, beaten 3-1 by Germany on Pat Rafter Arena, and nor is Sam Stosur expecting miracles when her season resumes next week...

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Sam Stosur rallies but falls to Angelique Kerber in Fed Cup

Australia's Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce German No.1 Angelique Kerber gives her country an unassailable 3-0 semi-final lead with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Sam Stosur.

A serener Serena

Serena Williams

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

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,