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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Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...

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Bernard Tomic bundled out of US Open by unheralded Brit

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The US Open remains a problematic grand slam destination for Bernard Tomic, who thrives in Australia, and loves the Wimbledon grass, but has now fallen in the second round at Flushing Meadows on each...

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Tomic pulls out of US Open doubles

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's limp singles loss at the US Open has been followed by a doubles withdrawal, a virus prompting the Queenslander to retire from his second round match with Davis Cup teammate Chris...

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Lleyton Hewitt's US Open adventure continues

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The former No.1 has advanced safely into the fourth round, with the romantic possibility of going even deeper still.

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Lleyton Hewitt tipped for more US Open success

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot during his men's singles third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, Darren Cahill, is optimistic about the 2001 champion's prospects of continuing his improbable march at the US Open

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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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Lleyton Hewitt loses US Open thriller to Mikhail Youzhny

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after suffering a sapping five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.

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Duckworth set to get US Open start

James Duckworth

Linda Pearce In the past two grand slams, at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, James Duckworth has reached the main draw the hard way: via qualifying.

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Australian teen into US Open

Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios faces an US Open baptism of fire after successfully qualifying.

Ashleigh Barty joins Bernard Tomic in US Open second round

Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Promising young wildcard Ashleigh Barty has joined fellow Queenslander Bernard Tomic in the second round of the US Open.

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Samantha Stosur knocked out of US Open by qualifier

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has been stunned by 296th-ranked American qualifier Victoria Duval in the biggest upset of the US Open's first round, the 2011 champion eliminated 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 by a 17-year-old playing in...

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Casey Dellacqua out of US Open, but doubles - and motherhood - remain

Casey Dellacqua.

Linda Pearce Casey Dellacqua and her partner Amanda celebrated the birth of their son Blake three weeks ago, leaving Dellacqua with more to play for, rather than any plans to compete and travel less.

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Ashleigh Barty's US Open is over

Ashleigh Barty.

Linda Pearce Australia's meagre singles presence in the women's draw ends with the abrupt second-round departure of wildcard Ashleigh Barty.

How Vermont reserves got Sam Groth's tennis career back on track

Sam Groth playing for Vermont reserves in 2011.

Linda Pearce Sam Groth remains in contact with a number of his Vermont football pals, who this weekend will contest Eastern Football League finals for beer money while Groth plays for much higher stakes at the US...

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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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Nick Kyrgios ready to make a brand new start of it in New York

Master blaster: Nick Kyrgios playing in a Canadian Open match against Andy Murray.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios loves New York. The city that never sleeps is the ideal fit for the teenaged showman whose remarkable senior tennis awakening came recently on the sedate lawns of the All England Club.

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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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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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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.