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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Samantha Stosur wins Wimbledon mixed doubles title

Sam Stosur came away from Wimbldeon with some silverware.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur may have lost a coach during the grasscourt season but she has won a second Wimbledon trophy, sharing the mixed doubles title with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.

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Samantha Stosur defies freak injury at French Open

Australia's Samantha Stosur serves to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.

Linda Pearce Samantha Stosur overcame a bloody training injury that required five stitches and two days off the court to get her French Open campaign off to a superb start.

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Samantha Stosur knocked out of US Open by qualifier

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has been stunned by 296th-ranked American qualifier Victoria Duval in the biggest upset of the US Open's first round, the 2011 champion eliminated 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 by a 17-year-old playing in...

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Nick Kyrgios success reminds Pat Cash of Mark Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis celebrates his upset win over Pete Sampras 6-4, 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-3).

Linda Pearce As Pat Cash watched Nick Kyrgios upstage Rafael Nadal on the world's most famous court, the 1987 Wimbledon champion was reminded of a long-ago match at faraway Melbourne Park.

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Wimbledon by Milos Raonic

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will enter the world’s top 70, but not the Wimbledon semi-finals, having been unable to replicate his monstrous upset of Rafael Nadal against monster-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

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Is Sam Stosur a French Open smokey?

Australia's Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has done what she usually does: reach the third round of the French Open.

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Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce With the prestigious Newcombe Medal up for grabs, how do the contenders shape up?

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Australian Open purse to hit $40m by 2016

Dancers get ready for a performance at the Shanghai Masters tournament yesterday.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Stakes continue to rise in remuneration battle between the grand slams.

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Tomic's exertion queried again

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce SHANGHAI: Bernard Tomic has meekly departed the Shanghai Rolex Masters in the first round through a 6-4, 6-0 capitulation to Florian Mayer, the German acknowledging that Tomic ''probably didn't try...

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Something to ease the pain

While Samantha Stosur has slipped to No. 9 in the world rankings, she is still guaranteed a final prizemoney cheque.

Linda Pearce Samantha Stosur is guaranteed a prizemoney cheque to draw from a challenging season.

Women's tennis the winner in epic match

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany  during their tennis match on the second day of the WTA championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo)

Linda Pearce This was a women's match-of-the-year candidate, just when one was needed. A marvellous three-set, three-hour exhibition at the WTA Championships, in which top seed Victoria Azarenka saved two match...

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Lifeless Stosur shanks her way to sorry season's end

Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after her tennis match against Maria Sharapova of Russia on the fourth day of the WTA championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo)

Linda Pearce ISTANBUL: Samantha Stosur's self-assessment is 7/10 for a season she completed with a 0-2 record at the year-end WTA Championships. The weary world No.

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Kooyong Classic sets sights on Nadal

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal has never played at Kooyong, but the Spaniard's name is prominent on the ambitious wish list of AAMI Classic tournament director Colin Stubs as he seeks to fill the last vacancy in his...

Stosur stands alone in seeding

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Rankings dip means lone seed could meet any player in top eight as early as fourth round.

Seeded Stosur in company of one

APIA International Sydney tennis centre Sydney Olympic Park.
Sam Stosur Australia vs Jie Zheng of China 
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Linda Pearce BERNARD TOMIC'S regression last year will leave the world's No.9 Samantha Stosur as the only seeded Australian for a second consecutive grand slam.

I'm obviously a very good player, I've just got to let it happen

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce This is not another story about Samantha Stosur's miserable start to summer, or her performance anxiety at home, or her failure to reach a quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

Close, but not close enough for defeated local contingent

Matthew Ebden

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle, Linda Pearce SAMANTHA STOSUR aside, it was a bad day at the office for the Australian hopes in the first round on Monday.

One winner in battle of the Australians

At a stretch: James Duckworth playing Benjamin Mitchell.

Linda Pearce At 34 seconds past 5.30pm on Tuesday, an Australian not named Samantha Stosur won at the Open.

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...