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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Marion Bartoli set to compete at Hopman Cup

Linda Pearce Marion Bartoli's retirement may prove to be almost comically brief, with reports that the Wimbledon champion, who announced her decision to quit tennis on August 15, but then left the door to a swift...

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Jelena Dokic makes a tentative return from injury

Jarmila Gajdosova

Linda Pearce Former world No.4 could hardly have drawn a tougher first-up opponent.

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In future, Dokic may call the shots

Linda Pearce Tther than a Hopman Cup broadcast booth, where to now for Jelena Dokic?

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I'm a better player than a decade ago: Federer

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer says he is a better player than when he won his first Australian Open

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Roger Federer says he's a better player and hungry for Open title

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer insists he is a better player now than when he won the first of his four Australian Opens.

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Sam Stosur is feeling her way with new coach Miles Maclagan

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's initial December training session with Miles Maclagan felt a little like the first date with a new partner after the end of a long marriage.

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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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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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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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Sam Stosur's first-round win a real boost

Samantha Stosur will play Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce Home-performance anxiety did not cripple Stosur during last year's Australian Open.

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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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Roger Federer crashes out of US Open

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer suffered a stunning upset in the fourth round of the US Open, the 17-time Grand Slam champion falling to Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo in a last-16 match on Monday.

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Tomic, Hewitt find accord in a new open era

Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The relationship between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic, once fractured, is now healed.

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Dokic to serve up another return

In the swing: Jelena Dokic.

Linda Pearce Jelena Dokic seeks Australian launching pad for yet another career resurrection

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Miles Maclagan to coach Sam Stosur

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 since 2008 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan, the African-born Briton who formerly worked with Wimbledon...

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Sam Stosur appoints Miles Maclagan as tennis coach

Samantha Stosur

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's productive end to her first season outside the top 15 has finished with the coaching appointment of Miles Maclagan.

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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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Tennis star Sam Stosur is looking forward to a fresh start in 2014

Belt it: Sam Stosur is keen to hit her straps early next year after a positive finish to the 2013 season.

Linda Pearce After a tumultuous year, Sam Stosur is looking forward to making a fresh start in 2014.

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New event set to rival Brisbane

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Linda Pearce One of the key Australian Open lead-up events is expected to face increased competition for the game's leading women players from next year, with plans to be announced for a rival event to be held in...