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 defies history, mum in Wimbledon breakthrough

Linda Pearce Canberra youngster defied the expectations of the tennis world - and his own mother - by slaying the great Rafael Nadal.

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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Beaten Nick Kyrgios looks ahead after Wimbledon adventure

Nick Kyrgios will move inside the top 70 after his run at Wimbledon.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios intends to watch replays of his exceptional Wimbledon debut, to remember what is needed to carry him further at future grand slams.

Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Wimbledon by Milos Raonic

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Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will enter the world’s top 70, but not the Wimbledon semi-finals, having been unable to replicate his monstrous upset of Rafael Nadal against monster-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

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Wimbledon 2014: What's next for Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Goran Ivanisevic knows what it's like to be a 19-year-old Wimbledon quarter-finalist, and likes what he sees in the most recent: Australian wildcard Nick Kyrgios.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Serena Williams not yet over Roland Garros exit ahead of Wimbledon

Serena Wlliams

Linda Pearce Q: Your French Open defeat, how long did it take you to get over that?Serena Williams: “Who says I was over it?

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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.