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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Tomas Berdych taking the tweet approach

Linda Pearce The new Twitter cult figure that is Tomas Berdych comes as a quirky, amusing contrast to the slightly dour, aloof Czech who has occupied the mid-to-lower rungs of the world's top 10 for more than...

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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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Celebrations won't stop the fireworks on court

Foot Faults dink for Australian Open

Linda Pearce and Emma Quayle After lengthy negotiations the Australia Day fireworks will be moved 3.5 kilometres down the road.

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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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Australian Open: Great expectations

Switzerland's Roger Federer

Linda Pearce You might call it a dream tennis day, and it was, so we will. First, sitting with Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena for a strictly-few-minutes chat that stretched nicely beyond.

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Trying times waiting to see the best of Bernie

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce He has the talent, but Bernard Tomic is not making the most of his prodigious gifts.

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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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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.

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, Murray on collision course

Roger Federer of Switzerland

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Roger Federer and Andy Murray will tonight meet for the first time since Murray's emphatic victory in the gold medal match at the London Olympics, when the winners of the past two grand slam titles...

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Tomic needs to commit: Djoker

Challenged: Bernard Tomic needs to improve his ''85 per cent'' effort.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Novak Djokovic optimistic that success will come to Bernard Tomic with time and experience.

Murray downs Federer in Shanghai

Andy Murray hits a return to Roger Federer during their semi-final.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai US Open champion sets up mouth-watering final against Novak Djokovic.

Australian 'loss' a matter of form

Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Could world No. 15 Milos Raonic have been the top-20 successor to Lleyton Hewitt?

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Djokovic remains a fan

Bernard Tomic Novak Djokovic

Linda Pearce Reigning Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic noticed a new maturity in Bernard Tomic.

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Djokovic, Federer through as big names fall at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce, London Titleholder Novak Djokovic and six-time champion Roger Federer moved smoothly through to the Wimbledon second round on an opening day that counted sixth seed Tomas Berdych and Venus Williams among...

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Positive signs for Stosur

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce, London Lindsay Davenport says women's champion will be Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams or Petra Kvitova.

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It hasn't been my very best: Stosur weighs Wimbledon loss

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur likes grass a little more than she used to, but still not terribly much. For the ninth time in 10 visits to Wimbledon, the Queenslander lost before the third round, and was left scratching...

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