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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Tennis Australia boss seeks major overhaul of Davis and Fed cups

Linda Pearce Tennis Australia president Steve Healy is seeking a major Davis and Fed cups overhaul to ensure the survival of the long-running teams competitions, including an annual world cup-style finals...

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Tomic back in training for possible French Open campaign without father

Tomic

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

Australian Open Tennis 2010 - Day 1
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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Stosur searches for upside to Fed Cup defeat

Love-two: Sam Stosur lost both her Fed Cup matches in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce There was to be no Easter Sunday resurrection for Australia’s Fed Cup team, beaten 3-1 by Germany on Pat Rafter Arena, and nor is Sam Stosur expecting miracles when her season resumes next week...

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Sam Stosur rallies but falls to Angelique Kerber in Fed Cup

Australia's Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce German No.1 Angelique Kerber gives her country an unassailable 3-0 semi-final lead with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Sam Stosur.

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Nick Kyrgios chases more nights to remember

Magic: Kyrgios at the Australian Open.

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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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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Coach Carlos Rodriguez reveals Li Na driven to the edge of retirement

Li Na of China celebrates a point

Linda Pearce Carlos Rodriguez is not certain if Li Na would really have retired as she threatened on the drive to Wimbledon just over seven months ago.

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Scratchy start ends on a high

Big finish: Li Na celebrates her convincing win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Linda Pearce The first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title now owns two.

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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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How Li Na put the fun back into tennis

Li Na

Linda Pearce On the brink of quitting, the highest-ranked Asian player ever tells Linda Pearce how she rocketed up the rankings.

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No time to rest on his laurels

Novak Djokovic is always striving to be better.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is pushing his limits chasing a fifth Australian Open title.

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Time on my side, says Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has a big game on Tuesday and it may all end there.

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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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No ordinary Jo

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

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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.