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.

A serener Serena

Linda Pearce A shock loss to Virginie Razzano in 2012 was the catalyst for Serena Williams' rebirth.

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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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Springtime in Paris for ace on the rise

Rinky Hijikata.

Linda Pearce Twelve-year-old Rinky Hijikata has already travelled further than Scott Draper had ventured until after his 16th birthday, but this, of course, is a different tennis age.

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...

Azarenka back, ready to roll

Confident: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce, Brisbane World No. 1 is back with an approach she insists will be no different from last year.

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Unsung Rosol's rapid rise

Ruled out: Second seed Rafael Nadal (above) was stung by an upset loss.

Linda Pearce, London Rafael Nadal's conqueror only wanted to ''play three good sets, you know".

Shouting is over for deflated Russian

Philosophical: Maria Sharapova contemplates her loss to Sabine Lisicki.

Linda Pearce, London Maria Sharapova's latest visit to No. 1 has been surprisingly brief.

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Grass the great unknown for legends with no secrets

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning in his semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eleven of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce For all that has transpired during 26 matches over seven years - 10 of them in majors - the history of Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic has been exclusively written on hardcourts and clay.

Grass hasn't grown under their feet

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Linda Pearce For all that has transpired during 26 matches over seven years, 10 of them in majors, the history of Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic has been exclusively written on hardcourts and clay.

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Champion gets down to grass tacks

Serena Williams with her trophy.

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams' win was not just the culmination of all that has happened, but perhaps the start of something else.