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.

Mary-Anne Monckton beams in brave balancing act

Mary-Anne Monckton has overcome a host of injuries.

Linda Pearce "Survivor" is the first word national women's gymnastics coach Peggy Liddick uses to describe her world championships team member Mary-Anne Monckton.

Tennis: Season over for Lleyton Hewitt, but the last hurrah still to come

Lleyton Hewitt bids farewell to the crowd after losing to Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce The countdown clock continues to tick on towards Lleyton Hewitt's imminent retirement, with the former world No.

Nick Kyrgios may need a lesson in manners, says Newcombe

Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, reacts after losing his racket during his first round match against Andy Murray, of Britain, at  the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Linda Pearce Tennis legend John Newcombe says the antics of Nick Kyrgios wouldn't have been tolerated on the tour in his playing days.

Davis Cup 2015: Lleyton Hewitt's long Davis Cup road may end against Britain in Glasgow

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Linda Pearce For a third consecutive Davis Cup tie, Lleyton Hewitt will be playing as if it is his last - which it will be, should Australia lose its semi-final to Britain in Glasgow.

Netball: Saturday twilight games, bigger venues on 2016 ANZ Championship agenda

Diamond debutant:  Jo Weston.

Linda Pearce A weekly Saturday twilight game and the continued expansion to larger venues are features of the 2016 ANZ Championship season.

Don Argus to chair Davis Cup captaincy panel

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's bid for the Davis Cup captaincy is in the hands of a five-man Tennis Australia sub-committee to be chaired by Don Argus, the prominent businessman behind the sweeping 2011 review of...

Thanasi Kokkinakis backed by Tennis Australia president Steve Healy

Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis has been the collateral damage in the recent storm around his friend Nick Kyrgios and deserves kudos rather than criticism for his own behaviour, according to Tennis Australia...

Davis Cup: Andy Murray to pull Britain up to end Lleyton Hewitt's run

Andy Murray walks off the court after losing in the fourth round of the US Open.

Linda Pearce The last time Australia played Britain in a Davis Cup tie was on a custom-made claycourt – yes, clay – in Sydney in 2003, early in the last of Australia's 28 cup-winning years.

Davis Cup: Out the right call for Nick Kyrgios

The right decision: Nick Kyrgios has been dropped from Australia's David Cup team.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios has apparently been overlooked for Australia's most significant Davis Cup tie in a decade "by mutual agreement". That's the official line, anyway. Yes, he was dropped.

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Netball: Vixen Jo Weston among four Diamonds rookies named for Constellation Cup

Diamond debutant: Goal defence Jo Weston has been named in the Australian squad for the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand.

Linda Pearce Having grown up admiring Julie Corletto, and spending her first two seasons with the Melbourne Vixens as understudy to Bianca Chatfield, Jo Weston has become the latest Victorian goal defence to be...

US Open: Rod Laver says Nick Kyrgios' 'mouth and his antics have taken over'

Concentrate: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Australian tennis legend Rod Laver believes Nick Kyrgios' "mouth and his antics have taken over" his game, and questioned the 20-year-old's ability to fulfil his vast potential amid costly lapses in...

Netball: Diamonds captain Laura Geitz likely to play on

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Linda Pearce Diamonds captain Laura Geitz may extend er career for another full four-year netball cycle.

Netball: Kelsey Browne and Emma Ryde complete Melbourne Vixens' 2016 playing roster

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens have finalised their ANZ Championship roster by recruiting rookie shooter Ryde and promoting Browne from her 2015 role as a half-season replacement player for her injured sister Madi...

Tennis: US Open and grand slam wildcards must be earned, says Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik

Not invited: Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Buried in the detail of the US Open wildcard granted toLleyton Hewitt under the national associations' longstanding reciprocal arrangement was the fact that, as also occurred at this...

Netball World Cup: Where to now for triumphant Diamonds?

Retiring Diamond Kimberlee Green.

Linda Pearce While Lisa Alexander is naturally keen to know whether there are any other Diamonds planning to join Julie Corletto and Kim Green in retirement at the dawn of the next four-year World Cup cycle, the...

Watershed weekend for women's sport

Diamonds captain Laura Geitz and her triumphant teammates

Roy Ward and Linda Pearce Australia's elite female athletes draw big audiences in netball, AFL and basketball on the weekend.

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Netball World Cup 2015: Diamonds star Julie Corletto's painful secret

Julie Corletto (right) of the Diamonds celebrates with Natalie Medhurst (left) after the final.

Linda Pearce As her Diamonds teammates lauded Julie Corletto's courage and tenacity during the last few years of her injury-plagued career, the triple world champion's painful secret can now be revealed.

Netball World Cup: Golden farewell for special Diamond

Julie Corletto (right) of the Diamonds celebrates with Natalie Medhurst (left) after the final.

Linda Pearce There were always going to be tears after the last of Julie Corletto's 52 Tests for Australia and her third World Cup

Netballers shine bright

Netball World Cup 2015: Diamonds defeat Silver Ferns in final

Laura Geitz competes with Bailey Mes.

Linda Pearce The Diamonds defeated New Zealand 58-55 to claim a third consecutive title before a world record crowd of 16,752 at Allphones Arena.

Netball World Cup: Coach hails win under pressure

Mission accomplished: Lisa Alexander with her players during Sunday's final.

Linda Pearce Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has hailed Australia's latest World Cup success as a greater achievement than last year's drought-breaking Commonwealth Games victory.