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.

Netball World Cup: Sharni Layton no rough Diamond

Linda Pearce Sharni Layton happily describes herself as an unusual character, her booming voice her calling card, her fiercely competitive and passionate playing style equally entertaining and effective.

Netball World Cup: New Zealand still our biggest rival, says Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander addresses her players.

Linda Pearce Amid a growing chorus that England, rather than the usual suspects from across the Tasman, deserve to be rated as the greatest dangers to the all-conquering Diamonds' Netball World Cup defence, there...

Diamonds hunting treble at Netball World Cup

Lisa Alexander, head coach for the Diamonds.

Linda Pearce The Diamonds will 'embrace the pressure' to dominate at the Netball World Cup, says coach Lisa Alexander.

Melbourne Vixens seek two more recruits for ANZ Championship

Re-signed: Vixen Tegan Philip.

Linda Pearce Two vacancies remain to be filled on the Melbourne Vixens 2016 roster, after the re-signing of Diamonds squad member Tegan Philip and talented young home-grown quartet Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Chloe...

Netball: Madi Robinson re-signs with Melbourne Vixens for another two years

Linda Pearce When Robinson signed a one-year contract with the Vixens last year, the idea was to see how 2015 panned out. The answer: not so well.

Tennis: Pat Cash not interested in Davis Cup captaincy

Pat Cash says he's not interested in becoming Davis Cup captain.

Linda Pearce Former Australian great Pat Cash has surprised the tennis world by declaring he isn't interested in becoming Davis Cup captain.

Tennis Australia backs away from Lleyton Hewitt Davis Cup pledge

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates

Linda Pearce Tennis Australia has backtracked on its decision to guarantee Lleyton Hewitt the Davis Cup captaincy immediately after his retirement next January, and will instead open up the process to a group of...

Davis Cup: Lleyton Hewitt guides Australia into semi-finals

Saving the day again: Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Ageing tour warrior Lleyton Hewitt ushered Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday, trouncing Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-3 in the decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan.

The game Sam Groth waited his whole life to play

An extremely happy Sam Groth celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce Perhaps John Fitzgerald put it best when he called yesterday’s first reverse singles contest the match Sam Groth had been waiting his whole life to play.

Davis Cup: Sam Groth beats Mikhail Kukushkin to keep tie alive

An extremely happy Sam Groth celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce Sam Groth, a late replacement for Nick Kyrgios, beats Mikhail Kukushkin to send the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan into a live fifth rubber.

Davis Cup: Sam Groth replaces Nick Kyrgios for reverse singles

Linda Pearce Sam Groth has replaced Nick Kyrgios for the first reverse singles on the final day of Australia's Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin.

Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Role reversal: Ashley Delaney, a backstroker now also swimming freestyle.

Linda Pearce When Ash Delaney made his first major national team, as a backstroker at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, team captain Grant Hackett was among the first to applaud.

Davis Cup: Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth keep Australia alive for another day

Saving the day again: Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth have revived a Davis Cup quarter-final campaign that had been left on life support by Friday's twin singles failures, claiming the doubles rubber against Kazakhstan in...

Tennis: Davis Cup team focus on task, not Bernard Tomic

Thanasi Kokkinakis during his singles match against Mikhail Kukushkin.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis quipped that his first scroll through Facebook on Friday morning revealed "about eight mug shots" of the player with whom he had shared singles duty in Australia's previous Davis...

Davis Cup: Kazakhstan stunningly lead Australia 2-0 after day one of quarter-final tie in Darwin

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Australia's bid to reach its first Davis Cup semi-final since 2006 has been gravely imperilled by a disastrous opening day against Kazakhstan at Marrara.

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Tennis star Bernard Tomic's arrest in Miami the latest in litany of controversies

Bernard Tomic has been arrested after a penthouse party in Miami.

Linda Pearce The fact that Bernard Tomic is still among the top 25 players in world tennis - despite multiple controversies - prompts the question: how good could he be if he could just got everything right?

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley's message still relevant - even if kids need to Google her

Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1973.

Linda Pearce Evonne Goolagong Cawley still enjoys telling her story, and Wimbledon brings a reminder each year of just how special it is.

Davis Cup tennis: Thanasi Kokkinakis holds out Sam Groth for Davis Cup singles berth

Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Burt the saltwater crocodile chose Thanasi Kokkinakis to lead off Australia's Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan on Friday.

Tennis: Kyrgios primed for Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan

Ready to go: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce, Darwin Davis Cup captain Wally Masur is still getting to know Nick Kyrgios, but the evidence gleaned from a doubles scratch match at Marrara earlier this week was enough to convince Masur that his young...

Tomic family threatens to sue Tennis Australia over 'Hall of Shame' email

A Tennis Australia email said Bernard Tomic was to play at the

Linda Pearce The rift between Davis Cup outcast Bernard Tomic and Tennis Australia has escalated dramatically, with Tomic's father John threatening to sue the governing body...

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