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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Stanislas Wawrinka puzzled after Australian Open success

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka’s first grand slam match as a grand slam champion has ended with a shock grand slam exit.

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How Stanislas Wawrinka failed at becoming a failure

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka had faltered 14 times in a row against Novak Djokovic. Not this time.

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Stanislas Wawrinka 'surprised' by crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka admits he was surprised by the Melbourne Park crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal for taking an off-court medical timeout.

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Stanislas Wawrinka beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce What Rafael Nadal has called his unluckiest grand slam has defeated him once more.

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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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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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Pete Sampras says each decade has its great players

Pete Sampras

Linda Pearce Pete Sampras says he had rejected several coaching approaches since his retirement.

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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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Lleyton Hewitt's US Open adventure continues

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The former No.1 has advanced safely into the fourth round, with the romantic possibility of going even deeper still.

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Williams, Djokovic smash their opponents

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Four-time US Open champion Serena Williams embarrassed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium to book a semi-final against fifth seed Li Na.

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Kooyong Classic faces shake-up

Lleyton Hewiit with his children Mia, Cruz and Ava after winning the Kooyong Classic in January 2013.

Linda Pearce Kooyong's AAMI Classic is primed for a revamp under new owners IMG - but not in 2014.

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Novak Djokovic back on form at Shanghai Masters with defeat against Gael Monfils

Linda Pearce Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost his first set of the tournament but won his way safely through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Gael...

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Del Potro 'beaten' before his semi against Nadal

No. 1: Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce Seventh-seeded Juan del Potro trails Rafael Nadal 8-3 in career meetings.

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Federer phenomenon rolls on

Always charming: Roger Federer signs autographs during a meet-the-fans event before the Shanghai Masters.

Linda Pearce He's in decline, but you wouldn't know it given the continued adoration of his fans.

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Hewitt's outstanding year recognised with Newcombe Medal

John Newcombe poses with Lleyton Hewitt after the latter was awarded the Newcombe Medal on Monday night.

Linda Pearce One of Lleyton Hewitt's last full seasons earns him a first Newcombe Medal.

Djokovic powers into Shanghai quarters

Linda Pearce, Shanghai In just one tournament has Novak Djokovic failed to reach at least the semi-final stage, and he is now one match away from extending that record in Shanghai.

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Federer survives scare to enter quarter-finals

Roger Federer appears rattled during the match against Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Roger Federer's record 300-week reign as world No.1 is assured.

Proud Hewitt courts return to top tier

Battle lines: The Australian and Chinese Davis Cup teams at yesterday's draw.

Linda Pearce Current goal is simply a return to the 16-nation world group for the first time since 2007.

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Tomic and Hewitt take Australia to 2-0 Davis Cup lead

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce, Geelong Australia needs just one point from the final three matches of its Davis Cup zone group tie to advance past China to a second round appointment with either Korea or Taiwan in April, after Bernard...

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Doubles win puts Aussies a step closer to big guns

Davis Cup

Linda Pearce Australia has completed the first step in its intended - and long-awaited - return to the Davis Cup's elite world group by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead against China in the Asia/Oceania zone group...