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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Third-seeded Maria Sharapova bows out of the Australian Open

Linda Pearce Within 24 hours of the Serena Williams boilover, Rod Laver Arena farewelled Maria Sharapova.

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Australian Open: Bouchard was expecting to make an impact

Eugenie Bouchard gets ready to serve.

Linda Pearce Coolly composed Canadian says golden run to last four not unexpected.

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Li Na looks ahead after rethink helped her win Australian Open

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Now that Li Na has a Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to go with the French version named for Suzanne Lenglen, what will be next?

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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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Party boy Bernard Tomic ready to knuckle down for Australian Open

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Night owl declares himself ready to submit to the daily discipline of a pre-season.

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Australian Open wildcard for Casey Dellacqua

Casey Dellacqua.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua has qualified for next month's Australian Open at Melbourne Park, but she hopes from now on, her wildcard days are over.

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Defending champion Victoria Azarenka hopes for a warm reception when she returns for the 2014 Australian Open

Silver lining: Victoria Azarenka with the spoils of her 2013 Australian Open title.

Linda Pearce Victoria Azarenka says turbulent times on the court have taught her much about life.

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Australian Open: hopes high for home-town heroes

Linda Pearce Pat Rafter runs the line over the leading locals eight days before the Australian Open starts.

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Court speed at Australian Open tennis unchanged, says tournament director Craig Tiley

Linda Pearce Director denies that quicker version of Plexicushion has been ordered for grand slam.

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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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Lucky eight snare remaining Australian Open wildcards

Li Na with the ball kids

Linda Pearce Lucky eight Australians to snare remaining Open wildcards announced.

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Sam Stosur is building her form as she gears up for the Australian Open

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Perhaps Thursday's relatively routine 6-3, 6-2 victory over world No.34 Bojana Jovanovski at the Hobart International was the victory Sam Stosur had to have.

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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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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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Bernard Tomic remains positive about meeting world No.1 Rafael Nadal in first round of Australian Open

I think I can: Bernard Tomic is positive about meeting Rafael Nadal.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic notes that Rafael Nadal is human, so he can be beaten.

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Olivia Rogowska rues missed chance at Australian Open

Olivia Rogowska of Australia

Linda Pearce Australian Olivia Rogowska misses a golden opportunity to reach a maiden third round.

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Australian Open 2014: Casey Dellacqua aims for late-career peak

Casey Dellacqua

Linda Pearce On this same weekend six years ago, Casey Dellacqua needed to look at the morning papers to make sure she had not been dreaming.

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Australian Open: Back injury hindered Serena Williams

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams almost did not start the match she lost against Ana Ivanovic.

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Reclusive Pete Sampras to present rich 2014 Australian Open prize

Pete Sampras hits up on centre court at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare grand slam appearance to present the Australian Open men's trophy in January, when a total prizemoney purse of $33 million will be shared among the world's...

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Australian Open purse to hit $40m by 2016

Dancers get ready for a performance at the Shanghai Masters tournament yesterday.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Stakes continue to rise in remuneration battle between the grand slams.