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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Australian Open: Back injury hindered Serena Williams

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams almost did not start the match she lost against Ana Ivanovic.

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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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Serena Williams defeats Jelena Jankovic to advance to final of WTA Championships

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce At the end of an unusually full season, Serena Williams has described her fuel tank as empty. The world No.

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Serena Williams ends remarkable 2013 with win over Li Na

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams ends her finest statistical year with a three-set defeat of Li Na.

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Rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova happy to let tennis do the talking

Sharapova and Williams.

Linda Pearce The record may be one-sided, but the animosity has run both ways.

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Serena Williams retains crown with flawless defence in Brisbane International

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04:  Serena Williams of the USA celebrates winning her finals match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day seven of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 4, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce The only grand slam singles trophy Serena Williams has not owned in the past three seasons is the one that, up until then, she had won the most.

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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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Serena Williams' dominance tipped to continue at season-ending Istanbul WTA Championships

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce The question is as it was, and remains this: can Serena Williams be beaten?

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Sam Stosur shrugs off exit to target world's top 10 and focus on slams

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur followed her third-round singles loss with a round-two doubles defeat to exit the Australian Open on day six - later, at least, and also less despondently than in recent years.

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Pained Serena sent packing by Ivanovic

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Former No.1 rediscovering her best tennis after some difficult years.

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Third-seeded Maria Sharapova bows out of the Australian Open

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce Within 24 hours of the Serena Williams boilover, Rod Laver Arena farewelled Maria Sharapova.

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Azarenka threepeat is on, says an expert

Pumped: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce As her rivals drop, Victoria Azarenka's favouritism to win the women's singles title grows.

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Australian Open: Bouchard was expecting to make an impact

Eugenie Bouchard gets ready to serve.

Linda Pearce Coolly composed Canadian says golden run to last four not unexpected.

Scratchy start ends on a high

Big finish: Li Na celebrates her convincing win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Linda Pearce The first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title now owns two.

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Top local hopes in Australian Open drawn to meet big guns of tennis

Rafael Nadal after defeating  Bernard  Tomic.

Linda Pearce The local hopes at the Australian Open will at least get to test themselves against some of the world's best on the grand slam stage.

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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.

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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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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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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How Li Na put the fun back into tennis

Li Na

Linda Pearce On the brink of quitting, the highest-ranked Asian player ever tells Linda Pearce how she rocketed up the rankings.