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.

Tennis

Hard road ahead for Australians at French Open

Linda Pearce The last Australian champion in Paris was Margaret Court in 1973, and it seems wildly optimistic to suggest that the long, long wait will end this year.

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Nick Kyrgios first Australian to bow out of French Open

Nick Kyrgios stretches for a forehand return against Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios' time will come, but at least at Roland Garros, it will not be quite yet.

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Samantha Stosur defies freak injury at French Open

Australia's Samantha Stosur serves to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.

Linda Pearce Samantha Stosur overcame a bloody training injury that required five stitches and two days off the court to get her French Open campaign off to a superb start.

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Li Na out of French Open in first round

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Tearful world No.103 Kristina Mladenovic beats Li Na 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in just over two hours.

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Lleyton Hewitt out in first round of French Open

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt beaten in the first round of the French Open by Argentinian claycourter Carlos Berlocq.

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Bernard Tomic's controversial French Open exit

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Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's grand slam return lasts just 97 minutes, ended by 12th seed Richard Gasquet.

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Marinko Matosevic celebrates drought-breaking French Open win

Marinko Matosevic returns to Dustin Brown of Germany.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic's five-year, 12-match yearning for a maiden grand slam victory has ended and the celebration was worth the wait.

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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Is Sam Stosur a French Open smokey?

Australia's Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has done what she usually does: reach the third round of the French Open.

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Sam Stosur's French Open optimism against Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur cannot let Dominika Cibulkova play the way she likes to, and Cibulkova knows she cannot allow Stosur to play the way she has.

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Sam Stosur through to French Open fourth round

Advanced: Samantha Stosur is through to third round.

Linda Pearce, Paris So much is about the match-up, and this one suits Sam Stosur so marvellously well. Her fifth straight career win against diminutive Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova has propelled the...

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Sam Stosur looks to French Open to find her form

Advantage: Sam Stosur says she may be letting a few opportunities go by.

Linda Pearce As Sam Stosur’s ranking trickles down into the lower reaches of the top 20, the European claycourt season has come at the ideal time for the three-time French Open semi-finalist and 2010...

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Tomic back in training for possible French Open campaign without father

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Linda Pearce Tennis Australia is expecting and encouraging Bernard Tomic to contest this month's French Open, despite coach John Tomic recently declaring his son's participation unlikely.

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John Tomic banned; Bernard remains in French Open

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Sitting courtside, John Tomic, father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, watches his son in action.
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Linda Pearce John Tomic has been banned from Roland Garros as his son, Bernard, prepares to contest next week's French Open.

Drewett's golden legacy shared among all at French Open

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Linda Pearce While Samantha Stosur is likely to again be the sole Australian singles presence in the French Open's second week, the influence of one admired Australian will be felt by all at Roland Garros.

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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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Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios becomes sixth Australian in second round

Nick Kyrgios plays a backhand against Stephane Robert.

Linda Pearce The youngest man left in the Wimbledon men's draw celebrated his All England Club debut with a place in the second round.

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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.