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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At home in the big time: Eugenie Bouchard aims to crown rise

Linda Pearce In marketability terms, Eugenie Bouchard has been likened to Anna Kournikova, but in no other sense is the comparison valid. At 20, Bouchard is already guaranteed a higher ranking (No.

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Casey Dellacqua bows out of Wimbledon's second round

Casey Dellacqua put in a good show, but just not good enough to beat Agnieszka Radwanska

Linda Pearce One of five Australians in action on day three, Dellacqua started a nervously, and lost with pride.

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Wozniacki shakes off the 'victim' tag

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Croatia's Ama Konjuh.

Linda Pearce With a smile, a wave and a thumbs-up to Denmark's Crown Prince Frederick in the players' box, Caroline Wozniacki strolled into the Wimbledon fourth round.

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Andy Murray onside at Wimbledon after easing through first week

Andy Murray urges himself on after winning a point against Spain's Roberto Bautista.

Linda Pearce The first question Andy Murray was asked at Wimbledon this year was how it felt to have the hopes of a despondent World Cup nation on his shoulders.

French Open: Garbine Muguruza beats Serena Williams at the French Open

Linda Pearce Garbine Muguruza, at just 20, has two ardent suitors, and a choice she is determined to make by season's end. Who to play for? Her birthplace (Venezuela), or her adopted homeland (Spain)?

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French Open loses Williams sisters in second round

It has been almost three years since both Williams lost on the same day.

Linda Pearce The anticipation for an all-Williams third round will go wanting as both sisters are defeated on the same day.

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Tennis fans rushing to snap up Australian Open tickets

Serena Williams practising at Melbourne Park.

Linda Pearce Advance Australian Open ticket sales tracking at record levels less than a week out.

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Adieu Marion: Bartoli signs off

Marion Bartoli.

Linda Pearce A little over a month after taking Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli has retired at the age of 28.

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Ashleigh Barty calm despite impatient Australian public

Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Ashleigh Barty says she is in no hurry to achieve the results Australia is panting for, remaining confident that success will come, in good time.

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New event set to rival Brisbane

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Linda Pearce One of the key Australian Open lead-up events is expected to face increased competition for the game's leading women players from next year, with plans to be announced for a rival event to be held in...

Stosur's clay eyes open

Another shot: Sam Stosur is ready for the French Open.

Linda Pearce Victory at Roland Garros could cap off a roller-coaster ride since the US Open for Sam Stosur.

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Win sees Stosur through to second round

Sam Stosur defeats Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

Linda Pearce, London Sam Stosur's impressive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro last night earned her a place in the second round for the first time in three years.

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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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Stosur stepping up

Coming through: Sam Stosur chases down a shot from Carla Suarez Navarro yesterday.

Linda Pearce, London Giant opening leap with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

Venus out, but vows to rise again

Venus Williams

Linda Pearce, London Five-time champion Venus Williams is adamant that the premature finish to her 16th Wimbledon will not hasten the end of her great career, with the 32-year-old emphasising her intention to play on...

Venus vows to go for gold

Struggling: Venus Williams after her first-round loss to Elena Vesnina.

Linda Pearce, London For all her defiance, bordering on rudeness, Venus Williams, 32, is struggling.