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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Nick Kyrgios chases more nights to remember

Linda Pearce While Nick Kyrgios admits it must seem as if the highs in his young career have far outweighed the lows, he also knows how it feels to be homesick, to move between lonely hotel rooms, to miss his...

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Storm Sanders is starting to make her mark

On target: Storm Sanders is starting to make her mark.

Linda Pearce Storm Sanders is known to her friends as Stormy, or Storminator, and sometimes Thunder, but the likeable tennis teen and self-confessed ''nerd'' insists she is nothing like her angry-sounding name.

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Pat Cash: Bernard Tomic needs a break

Exit: Bernard Tomic after losing in Florida last week.

Linda Pearce Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes Bernard Tomic's longer-term tennis interests and mental health would be best served by the controversial 21-year-old taking an extended break from the game.

Sam Stosur to play in Australia's Fed Cup semi-final

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur will next month make the long trek back home from the northern hemisphere to Queensland for Australia's first Fed Cup semi-final since 1993.

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Dellacqua rises as Stosur falls

Casey Dellacqua has earned her highest slot in almost six years.

Linda Pearce As Sam Stosur awakes to her lowest ranking - No.20 - since mid-2009, Casey Dellacqua has earned her highest slot in almost six years.

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Bernard Tomic likely to return at Monte Carlo after hip surgeries

Linda Pearce Monte Carlo Masters in mid-April probable where and when of Bernard Tomic's tournament return.

Bernard Tomic could lose financial muscle

Linda Pearce Tomic's relationship with the public and the new kids on the block may cost him.

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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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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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Special Ks 'pose threat to Tomic'

Australia's Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic could soon feel the hip-pocket pain of endorsement loss to match his teetering relationship with the Australian public.

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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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The future of Australian tennis arrives in the nick of time

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has the 'X factor', along with the power, the athleticism to be great.

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Casey Dellacqua ready for big time, bloody oath she is

Single-minded: Casey Dellacqua's relationship with coach Shannon Nettle and her doubles success have fuelled her confidence for singles campaigns.

Linda Pearce Six years ago, her passage to the fourth round was a fairytale. Now it's about experience.

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Sam Stosur shrugs off exit to target world's top 10 and focus on slams

Sam Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur followed her third-round singles loss with a round-two doubles defeat to exit the Australian Open on day six - later, at least, and also less despondently than in recent years.

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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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No ordinary Jo

Linda Pearce Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has no plans to do Roger Federer any more favours.

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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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Pained Serena sent packing by Ivanovic

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Former No.1 rediscovering her best tennis after some difficult years.

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Third-seeded Maria Sharapova bows out of the Australian Open

Maria Sharapova.

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

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Azarenka threepeat is on, says an expert

Pumped: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce As her rivals drop, Victoria Azarenka's favouritism to win the women's singles title grows.