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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Nick Kyrgios story: From Wimbledon to Bundoora

Linda Pearce It was almost 7pm last Wednesday night in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Nick Kyrgios was restless.

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Samantha Stosur wins Wimbledon mixed doubles title

Sam Stosur came away from Wimbldeon with some silverware.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur may have lost a coach during the grasscourt season but she has won a second Wimbledon trophy, sharing the mixed doubles title with Serb Nenad Zimonjic.

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Novak Djokovic's finest win in his greatest final, against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in five sets

Djokovic kisses the trophy.

Linda Pearce Never has Novak Djokovic played in a higher-quality grand slam decider, he believes, and never has he been more proud of a victory, given the number of opponents he felt the need to beat.

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Beaten in the Wimbledon final by Novak Djokovic, was this Roger Federer's last hurrah?

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Linda Pearce As Roger Federer walked across the footbridge from Wimbledon’s centre court to the players’ lawn in the hour after his finals defeat, he was flanked by his four-year-old identical twin...

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Roger Federer to try for a record eighth Wimbledon title in Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic

Switzerland's Roger Federer eyes the ball as he returns to Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of  the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT   - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Linda Pearce So much for the brave new world of men's tennis. Sunday's Wimbledon final will be Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic, instalment No.35.

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Luke Saville's first round Wimbledon breakthrough

Luke Saville.

Linda Pearce If there is to be a turning point for Saville, it may be this one: winning his first match at tour level in the biggest tournament of all.

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Petra Kvitova wins Wimbledon title over Eugenie Bouchard

Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce Three years after the maiden grand slam title that it was thought would be the first of several, Petra Kvitova has claimed her second Wimbledon crown.

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Lleyton Hewitt and the Australian renaissance at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce Pat Cash, Hewitt’s Australian predecessor as Wimbledon champion, believes Hewitt is still as keen as he is capable.

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Two down for Petra Kvitova, after overwhelming Eugenie Bouchard, so how many more Wimbledon tennis titles?

Twin triumphs for Petra Kvitova

Linda Pearce The inevitable talk following Petra Kvitova’s 6-3, 6-0 final brilliance against Eugenie Bouchard was about how many more Wimbledon titles she might now win.

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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.

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Bleak Wimbledon day for Australia

Marinko Matosevic suffered over five long and crazy-emotional sets.

Linda Pearce So much for that, then. The grim green-and-gold-themed sequel to what the tennis world 12 months ago dubbed Wimbledon’s “Black Wednesday’’ dimmed the lights on the first five...

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Casey Dellacqua bows out of Wimbledon's second round

Casey Dellacqua put in a good show, but just not good enough to beat Agnieszka Radwanska

Linda Pearce One of five Australians in action on day three, Dellacqua started a nervously, and lost with pride.

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Nick Kyrgios pulls off incredible Wimbledon win

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Richard Gasquet of France at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 26, 2014.                        REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce The Canberran teenager has easily the biggest win of his career, coming back from two sets down to upset French 13th seed Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon.

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Bernard Tomic in rankings slide after losing to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon

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Linda Pearce Not so long after Bernard Tomic’s sights were set on the world’s top 10, his post-Wimbledon reality will be a sobering retreat to triple figures.

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Lleyton Hewitt, interrupted, at Wimbledon

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Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt clinging to the hope of reaching a 10th, perhaps last, Wimbledon third round, when play was suspended by drizzling rain.

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Lleyton Hewitt prevails in four to enter second round at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt plays a forehand against Michal Przysiezny of Poland.

Linda Pearce The last of the survivors from 1999 remains an accomplished - a passionate - grasscourter in 2014, and Tuesday's first-round win at the All England Club was his 13th.

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Kyrgios: Wimbledon, and the world, at his feet

Australia's Nick Kyrgios

Linda Pearce On one screen, player-turned commentator Wally Masur was watching Wimbledon sensation Nick Kyrgios saving an astonishing nine match points after also losing the first two sets to 13th seed Richard...

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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.