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.

Tennis

Samantha Stosur knocked out of US Open by qualifier

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...

Tennis

Slim pickings for Newcombe Medal judges

Linda Pearce

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

Tennis

Australian teen into US Open

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios faces an US Open baptism of fire after successfully qualifying.

Sam strikes out on own

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce When a triumphant Samantha Stosur was hauled up into the players' box to celebrate her maiden grand slam title at the 2011 US Open, her first embrace was with her emotional coach David Taylor, with...

Drewett's golden legacy shared among all at French Open

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce While Samantha Stosur is likely to again be the sole Australian singles presence in the French Open's second week, the influence of one admired Australian will be felt by all at Roland Garros.

Tennis

John Tomic banned from Wimbledon too

John Tomic

Linda Pearce John Tomic can expect the same treatment from Wimbledon authorities as he has received at the French Open: a turnstile ban that extends past the official accreditation department to a ''not welcome''...

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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
smh,7th January,2012

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...

Duckworth prevails in battle of close mates

James Duckworth

Linda Pearce At 34 seconds past 5.30pm on Tuesday, an Australian not named Samantha Stosur won a match at this year’s Australian Open.