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-style payback plan could provide lift for the Olympics

Linda Pearce Tennis Australia's HECS-style payments could work for Olympics, says TA director.

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Australian Open: Great expectations

Switzerland's Roger Federer

Linda Pearce You might call it a dream tennis day, and it was, so we will. First, sitting with Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena for a strictly-few-minutes chat that stretched nicely beyond.

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No Grand Slams? No worries, says Roger Federer

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce As Roger Federer acclaims his Spanish rival Rafael Nadal's recovery from the depths of knee injury despair to the No.

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Freed-up Nadal eyes history

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Newly re-crowned world No.1 plans to play on until the 2016 Rio Olympics, at least.

Stosur looks on bright side

2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Stroke of good fortune for defending champion is that Serena Williams is in other half of draw.

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The BIGGER apple

Having a ball: Sam Stosur is looking forward to her US Open defence.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur's back in New York, but can she keep her US Open crown?

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Federer survives scare to enter quarter-finals

Roger Federer appears rattled during the match against Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Roger Federer's record 300-week reign as world No.1 is assured.

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Federer, Murray on collision course

Roger Federer of Switzerland

Linda Pearce, Shanghai Roger Federer and Andy Murray will tonight meet for the first time since Murray's emphatic victory in the gold medal match at the London Olympics, when the winners of the past two grand slam titles...

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Tennis superstars undecided on the year's best player

Maria Sharapova.

Linda Pearce This week's $4.9 million WTA Championships could help decide who is the women's player-of-the-year.

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Untouchable Serena defeats Sharapova

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams extended her domination of both Maria Sharapova and women's tennis this morning, the American completing an untouchable second half of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Sharapova...

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Hewitt's hunger still burns

Walking tall: Lleyton Hewitt at Kooyong on Tuesday - ''I feel like I can still compete against the best guys.''

Linda Pearce One of the sport's ageing warriors has both unfinished business and an evolving role.

Even for himself, Djokovic is an impossible act to follow

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Linda Pearce AFTER taking his ATP World Tour Finals trophy to the German hospital bedside of his ill father, Srdjan, then heading to Brazil to play a weekend exhibition against Gustavo Kuerten and football with...

What, me Murray?

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Linda Pearce For the reigning US Open champion the pressure to win a major is off, but he's sure that 2013 will bring new challenges.

The home stretch

Reaching out: Lleyton Hewitt stretches for a shot at Kooyong on Wednesday.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt gets ready to look towards the day when he will finally call it quits.

Ten things to like about tennis this summer

Young Australia Tennis player Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Interactive: The tournaments, players and moments to watch this season.

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Serena's rekindled passion

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Serena Williams makes jokes about arthritis these days, about the good-time girl who has become so staid that she often fancies a nanna nap, and so dull that sometimes she even bores herself.

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The softer side of superwoman

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Serena Williams of the United States serves against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the gold medal match of the Women's Singles Tennis on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


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Linda Pearce SERENA Williams makes jokes about arthritis these days, about the good-time girl who has become so staid that she often fancies a nanna nap, and so dull that sometimes she even bores herself.

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Djokovic piles pain on Murray

Novak Djokovic after winning his final against Andy Murray on Rod Laver Arena tonight.

Linda Pearce FOR Novak Djokovic, no shirt ripping this time, no early-morning, record-setting marathon, but still a history-making result.

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Djokovic piles pain on Murray

Djokovic

Linda Pearce For Novak Djokovic, no shirt ripping this time, no early-morning, record-setting marathon.

French the ace in pack for ambitious Djoker

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Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic was on his way to Tullamarine Airport early on Monday morning at a time, 12 months earlier, that his previous final on Rod Laver Arena was still being played.