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.

Statistics the new force in keeping winners winning on the tennis court

Stats man: Wim Fissette and his charge, Serena-slayer Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce As the former coach of Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki, and the current adviser to world No.4 and recent Serena-slayer Simona Halep, Wim Fissette has been known to quiz his players after matches...

Nick Kyrgios among Newcombe Medal nominees

Canberra's Nick Kyrgios has had an outstanding year in 2014.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios' rise to the top of Australian tennis could extend into awards season with the teenager nominated for his first Newcombe Medal

Caroline Wozniacki upsets Maria Sharapova in epic match at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki.

Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova has left herself with no more wriggle room in the quest to unseat Serena Williams as the year-end No.1.

WTA to expand on-court coaching from next season

WTA Finals tournament director, Melissa Pine, rising stars Monica Puig of Puerto Rico and Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, and WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster pose for the cameras before the tournament began.

Linda Pearce The jury may still be out on the desirability of the WTA's on-court coaching system, but the governing body of women's tennis has made a ruling to permit even more external assistance during matches,...

Serena Williams opens WTA Finals with win over Ana Ivanovic

Victorious: Serena Williams celebrates beating Ana Ivanovic.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams has won four year-end WTA Championships, and successfully wrote the first chapter in the bid for No.5 with a 6-4, 6-4 round-robin defeat of Ana Ivanovic.

Caroline Wozniacki finds her mojo ... and a spot in WTA Finals

New look: Caroline Wozniacki has a fresh approach.

Linda Pearce The point at which Caroline Wozniacki says she went from rarely looking at the world rankings to resolutely averting her eyes was in May when the former No.1 dropped to No.

What a difference a year makes to WTA Finals line-up

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the US, and Simona Halep of Romania walk from the Marina Bay Sands hotel to the draw ceremony prior to the start of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals at Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday.

Linda Pearce From last year's WTA Finals line-up, only Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska have returned for the current edition, which means that just as the venue for the $7.

Clare McMeniman excited at new netball challenge

Seizing her chance: Clare McMeniman has embraced her selection in the national team.

Linda Pearce When Clare McMeniman received a congratulatory email from the just-retired Bianca Chatfield acknowledging her belated selection in the Australian team six years, one retirement and two missed seasons...

Tomic working with former Belgian ace Xavier Malisse but father stays involved

Bernard Tomic has been training with Xavier Malisse in Stockholm as part of a three-week coaching trial.

Linda Pearce Should Xavier Malisse's surprise three-week coaching trial with Bernard Tomic extend to a more permanent arrangement for next season, John Tomic has declared that he will retain a joint coaching role...

Injured Diamonds captain Laura Geitz out of Tests against England

Diamonds captain Laura Geitz.

Linda Pearce A tearful Laura Geitz will miss the remaining two Tests in the Diamonds' international season, with the Australian captain succumbing to a left knee injury that will require surgery.

Netball

Caitlin Bassett makes giant strides

Be yourself: A determined Caitlin Bassett is scoring on court and in life.

Linda Pearce Caitlin Bassett was always the girl who hated standing up in front of the class because that meant being looked at.

tennis

Li Na to spin interest at Melbourne Park as Chinese take-away hits new highs

Li Na will return to Melbourne Park, but not as you know it.

Linda Pearce Australian Open champion Li Na will be returning to Melbourne Park in an ambassadorial rather than playing role in January, but the growth of tennis in her populous homeland continues to gather pace...

Diamonds coach focuses on what matters: 'we won'

'And as I've said to everyone - probably ad nauseum - we've got improvement to come.'

Linda Pearce Lisa Alexander says 'we've got improvement to come' after another stong win against the Silver Ferns.

Diamonds shine but Kiwis defiant in Constellation Cup

Catherine Latu of the Silver Ferns was not enough for Julie Corletto of the Diamonds.

Linda Pearce As the countdown clock ticks on towards next year's Netball World Cup in Sydney, New Zealand almost turns around a dismal run in hard-fought match.

netball

Tegan Caldwell becoming a polished Diamond

Tegan Caldwell trains at the AIS in Canberra.

Linda Pearce Just a year ago, Tegan Caldwell was a face in the crowd gathered to watch the annual Hisense Arena showdown against New Zealand, now she represents Australia.

tennis

The Court of King Kyrgios

Back-to-back: Margaret Court and Nick Kyrios.

Linda Pearce The prize Margaret Court received for the first of her 11 Australian singles titles back in 1960 was an umbrella.

tennis

Stefan Edberg to present Australian Open trophy

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce If, next January, the planets align for Roger Federer at Melbourne Park for a remarkable fifth time, the presentation ceremony could prove to be a rather cosy affair with his co-coach Stefan Edberg,...

New Zealand to target Diamonds' midcourt, says Laura Geitz

Linda Pearce The rampant Australian midcourt can expect some closer New Zealand attention in Wednesday's second Test, according to Diamonds captain Laura Geitz, whose team is chasing a 15th consecutive victory...

tennis

Wildcard anyone? Now that's a grand idea

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce Much has been made of the on-line flirtation between the Bonds-baring, Rafa-routing young Canberra punk Nick Kyrgios and the shrieker otherwise known as wounded former Australian Open singles...

Tennis protege Jason Kubler rises from the red dust

Tough slog: There has been no fairytale rise for Jason Kubler, for whom bad luck and hard work sum up his career so far.

Linda Pearce Once upon a time that was 2009, Jason Kubler was described as a right-handed version of Rafael Nadal.