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.
Linda Pearce Madi Robinson has declared that nothing less than a championship will suffice in her first season as Melbourne Vixens' captain.
Australian Open 2016: Job done, again, on Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic targets the French Open and the pursuit of Roger Federer
Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic insists that only when he first starts practising on clay does he think about the tournament that has denied him a career set of major titles, and in 2015 theoretically cost him the...
Linda Pearce Having promised his heavily-pregnant wife Kim that he'd be on the first plane home after the final, Andy Murray was on his way to Tullamarine before the clock struck midnight.
Linda Pearce Dominant Novak Djokovic too good for Andy Murray, winning his sixth Australian Open title in straight sets.
Linda Pearce Perhaps it was lack of sleep that prompted Angelique Kerber to take the self-described "crazy" theme from Saturday night to the next extreme by taking a morning plunge into the murky Yarra.
Linda Pearce Australian Open winner: Angelique Kerber. Remarkable. What a match. What a result. "It sounds crazy, but I can say I'm a grand slam champion now," said the player whose name had just been...
Linda Pearce This was Serena as we do not always see her: calm, happy, genuinely magnanimous.
Linda Pearce Angelique Kerber has conjured one of the great Australian Open finals upsets to deny Serena Williams an Open-era record-equalling 22nd major title.
Linda Pearce Martina Navratilova knows a little something about winning big tournaments at an advanced age, having claimed the last of her nine Wimbledon and 18 major titles at the age of 33.
Australian Open 2016: Serena Williams declares on finals eve that this is her best grand slam tennis in a year
Linda Pearce Six-time champion Serena Williams has declared on the eve of her seventh Australian Open final that she believes she is playing superior tennis than in 2015, when she swept three of the four major...
Linda Pearce A different, calmer, but more ambitious Milos Raonic is doing whatever it takes to stay focused.
Ronny Lerner and Linda Pearce While the pointy end of this year's Australian Open is bereft of local talent, the same can't be said at junior level with three Aussies qualifying for the semi-finals.
Linda Pearce Before Daria Gavrilova there was Casey Dellacqua, the previous local woman to reach an Australian Open fourth round. Dellacqua, the doubles world No.
Australian Open 2016: Need for transparency must be weighed against the rights of the players, says tennis boss Steve Healy
Linda Pearce The need for greater transparency in tennis match-fixing investigations must be mitigated by the rights of the individuals concerned, says Tennis Australia president Steve Healy.
Linda Pearce Daria Gavrilova's coach Craig Tyzzer was alerted by his daughter to the fact his handwritten coaching notes had been broadcast to an audience of millions.
Linda Pearce Of the 18 Australians in the singles main draws, all were free to make BBQ plans for Australia Day. Unlike last year, when Nick Kyrgios reached the last eight, there was no local featured in the...
Australia Day 2016: Rod Laver, AC, says it's a 'huge honour to be recognised and thought of this way'
Linda Pearce Australia's greatest ever male tennis player and a newly minted Companion of the Order of Australia wears his nationality proudly on his California licence plates.
Linda Pearce When coach Nicole Pratt arrived in the locker-room after Daria Gavrilova's emotional Sunday night unravelling on Rod Laver Arena, she found a 21-year-old acting like a dramatic teenager.
Linda Pearce The second child of the Tomic family is pleased to now be the primary coaching focus of her father, John, as she chases a top-200 ranking by year's end. Sara Tomic, the world No.
Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic is miffed that Roger Federer wants to see some results? Here's a golden chance to do more than talk the talk.