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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Stosur misses big dance

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's two-final, one-title end to the season comes too late.

Victoria Azarenka: men should play three sets

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Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka has her own take on the current debate over best-of-three-sets tennis versus best-of-five. "I actually think men should play three sets," said the dual Australian Open winner.

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Jelena Jankovic stuns Victoria Azarenka at WTA Championships

Jelena Jankovic.

Linda Pearce After a two-year absence from the WTA Championships, born-again Jelena Jankovic has made an emphatic return to the season finale.

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Resurgent Jankovic shines

Linda Pearce Decline of Jelena Jankovic in the seasons before this one has coincided with the rise of Victoria Azarenka but, temporarily, positions have been reversed.

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WTA Championships: Serena Williams powers through as Li Na claims consecutive wins

Linda Pearce Li Na has what she calls "one feet" in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams, typically, has jumped in with both.

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Victoria Azarenka plays through pain to avoid post-match 'discussion'

Victoria Azarenka

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka did not win, but felt she could not win, either.

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Azarenka keeps chin up in face of pain

Playing through pain: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka played on through pain in the sixth game of her round-robin finale.

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Turning back the clock

Fighter: Jelena Jankovic belts a return against Li Na at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Linda Pearce After a slide, Jelena Jankovic has returned to what she does best.

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Bernard Tomic bundled out of US Open by unheralded Brit

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The US Open remains a problematic grand slam destination for Bernard Tomic, who thrives in Australia, and loves the Wimbledon grass, but has now fallen in the second round at Flushing Meadows on each...

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Hingis back on court and having double the fun

Martina Hingis

Linda Pearce Martina Hingis closes out first match in her return with back-to-back double faults.

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New TA chief Tiley targets player growth

Linda Pearce Building the playing base will be the focus of new Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley.

Stosur looks on bright side of Paris memories

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Linda Pearce THE incongruity of Roland Garros for Sam Stosur is that the place where she has produced her most consistent grand slam results has also been the scene of two of her most devastating losses.

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Stosur at home in Paris

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Linda Pearce Australian has bitter-sweet memories of Roland Garros but her record there is good.

Stosur on stand-by duty in Istanbul

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce While Sam Stosur's dip from world No. 6 to the outer reaches of the top 10 in the past 12 months has cost her a place in this week's year-end WTA Championships, the Australian has a final prizemoney...

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Tennis superstars undecided on the year's best player

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce This week's $4.9 million WTA Championships could help decide who is the women's player-of-the-year.

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Tearful Kvitova felled by unforced errors

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Linda Pearce, Istanbul Petra Kvitova made an anxious, erratic and eventually tearful start to the defence of her WTA Championship title this morning, beaten 6-3, 6-2 by fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in an opening session...

Stars say drug-testing is stringent in tennis

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova approve of the exacting drug-testing procedures in tennis.

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Stars learn to deal with drug tests

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce 'People show up at my house at five in the morning trying to test me' says Serena Williams.

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Virus forces Kvitova to withdraw

Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce, Istanbul What Petra Kvitova thought was a bad case of opening-night nerves has been diagnosed as a viral illness.

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...