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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'Dasha' Gavrilova joins the growing tennis import club

Although Daria Gavrilova's residency status is unclear, her potential has been apparent for some time.

Linda Pearce To the growing cast of eastern European tennis players competing under the Australian banner, add another foreign name: Daria Gavrilova.

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Why Ajla Tomljanovic switched from Croatia to Australia

Serious talent: Ajla Tomljanovic's switch was initially hatched as a bit of joke.

Linda Pearce Ajla Tomljanovic kept her secret for many months. The fact that she had applied for Australian residency in January.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis keen to match mate Nick Kyrgios' feats on court

Rising star: Australian young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis admits he was envious of what his great mate Nick Kyrgios achieved at Wimbledon last month.

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Tomics: we weren't dumped by IMG and are not threatened by Nick Kyrgios

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic’s father and coach, John, has vigorously challenged reports that his son was dumped by his long-time management company, IMG, claiming the Tomics instigated the recent contractual...

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Nick Kyrgios story: From Wimbledon to Bundoora

Laid-back: Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne on Friday.

Linda Pearce It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless.

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Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks

Victory: Ajla Tomljanovic.

Linda Pearce As Australian men's tennis celebrates its greatest top-100 singles representation in more than 13 years, a major potential boost to the women's game has arrived with the surprise defection of rising...

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Two down for Petra Kvitova, after overwhelming Eugenie Bouchard, so how many more Wimbledon tennis titles?

Twin triumphs for Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce The inevitable talk following Petra Kvitova’s 6-3, 6-0 final brilliance against Eugenie Bouchard was about how many more Wimbledon titles she might now win.

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Samantha Stosur wins Wimbledon mixed doubles title

Sam Stosur came away from Wimbldeon with some silverware.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur may have lost a coach during the grasscourt season but she has won a second Wimbledon trophy, sharing the mixed doubles title with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.

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Novak Djokovic's finest win in his greatest final, against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in five sets

Djokovic kisses the trophy.

Linda Pearce Never has Novak Djokovic played in a higher-quality grand slam decider, he believes, and never has he been more proud of a victory, given the number of opponents he felt the need to beat.

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Beaten in the Wimbledon final by Novak Djokovic, was this Roger Federer's last hurrah?

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Linda Pearce As Roger Federer walked across the footbridge from Wimbledon’s centre court to the players’ lawn in the hour after his finals defeat, he was flanked by his four-year-old identical twin...

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Mark Woodforde urges Marinko Matosevic to keep mind on job after early success

Emotionally, Marinko Matosevic is still too erratic, but, potentially, the world No.58 belongs among the seeds he has shown he is able to beat

Linda Pearce Ask Mark Woodforde about coaching Marinko Matosevic, and he searches for the right words. What he eventually offers reveals the frustration of knowing what Matosevic is capable of achieving, but yet...

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Luke Saville demolished, far from disgraced

Luke Saville is still just 20, but has not found the transition to senior tennis as easy as he had hoped.

Linda Pearce South Australian qualifier Luke Saville's loss was convincing, and clinical at times, but not unexpected.

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Marinko Matosevic goes down in epic battle

Marinko Matosevic's unforced errors was his downfall.

Linda Pearce It will take the 28-year-old Marinko Matosevic some time to get over his agonising loss to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

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Australia's Wimbledon Black Wednesday revisited

Bernard Tomic was beaten in four sets.

Linda Pearce It was all going so well, seven Australians having won singles matches at the All England Club for the first time since 1999. But Wednesday was a wipeout.

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Bleak Wimbledon day for Australia

Marinko Matosevic suffered over five long and crazy-emotional sets.

Linda Pearce So much for that, then. The grim green-and-gold-themed sequel to what the tennis world 12 months ago dubbed Wimbledon’s “Black Wednesday’’ dimmed the lights on the first five...

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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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Nick Kyrgios pulls off incredible Wimbledon win

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014.                        REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce The Canberran teenager has easily the biggest win of his career, coming back from two sets down to upset French 13th seed Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.