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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Stan Wawrinka unhappy with Wimbledon schedule

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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Sam Stosur is feeling her way with new coach Miles Maclagan

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's initial December training session with Miles Maclagan felt a little like the first date with a new partner after the end of a long marriage.

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Australian pair Sam Stosur, Matt Ebden put Open demons to rest

One down: Sam Stosur wins against Czech Klara Zakopalova at Melbourne Park on Monday - just days after losing to her in Hobart.

Linda Pearce The first-round win Sam Stosur needed was matched by Matt Ebden's first in the three years he has led higher-ranked opponents by two-sets-to-love at Melbourne Park.

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Sam Stosur's first-round win a real boost

Samantha Stosur will play Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce Home-performance anxiety did not cripple Stosur during last year's Australian Open.

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Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua are cashing in on solid pre-seasons

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur could not know if, or exactly when, she would reap the benefits of a pair of scratchy wins at last week's low-profile Hobart International, but perhaps that moment is now.

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Dellacqua hot in Open heat

Australia's Casey Dellacqua celebrates after victory in her women's singles match

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua, now 28, and ranked 120th, she is about to return to double figures, and is back in a grand slam fourth round for the first time in what she calls her second career.

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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.

No-shows a go for the Open-minded

Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce The lead-up to the Australian Open has been notable for those who have been absent.

Stosur digging a hole: Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt at the Kooyong Classic media conferance on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's tone reveals doubts that Sam Stosur can make an impact at Open.

Chat with Rafter has Stosur on right track

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's long-time coach David Taylor has always admired Pat Rafter for his problem-solving skills on the tennis court, and it might be that the Davis Cup captain has helped, in some small way,...

Scratchy win alters Stosur's game and mindset

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce FAMILIAR opponent, different approach. That, at least, is the plan for Samantha Stosur, who has shrugged the wildebeest from her shoulders by finally - if a little scratchily - winning a match this...

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Sam's honest admission stuns top seed

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce The surprise to Victoria Azarenka was that Sam Stosur would admit to the third-set choke against Zheng Jie.

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Stosur stumbles with end in sight

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Oh dear. Oh, really. Just, oh. Sam Stosur's latest Australian Open has ended early.

Relief at last as Stosur goes through

Sam Stosur at Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

Linda Pearce Ninth seed completes a victory she greeted with both happiness and relief.

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Federer rallies to avoid Nadal's fate

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce As the ghost of Rafael Nadal swirled around under the centre court roof that had enclosed the upset of the tournament - and, perhaps, the decade - at Wimbledon on Thursday night, Roger Federer...

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Serena sneaks into quarters

Serena Williams puts her all into a backhand.

Linda Pearce, London Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon quarter-finals for the fifth time in six years.

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Vintage Williams in Wimbledon advance

Serena

Linda Pearce Given that the two former champions remaining in the women's draw at Wimbledon collided at the quarter-final stage, only one, obviously, could reach the last four.