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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.

Kate Moloney of Melbourne Vixens goes to throw the ball.

Vixens end Giants' winning run

Melbourne Vixens have interrupted the Giants' perfect start to the inaugural Super Netball season, retaining second place on the ladder with an outstanding performance at Hisense Arena and a 59-51 scoreline that was as much a statement as a result.

Collingwood netball team.

Magpies still GF-bound, says Swifts coach

Dual NSW Swifts grand final coach Rob Wright is very concerned about the potential ramifications for Sunday's round six encounter against the Collingwood Magpies at Hisense Arena.

Kyrgios says "something switched and now I'm really enjoying it again".

Kyrgios puts 'dark place' - and Djokovic - behind him. Now for Federer

Nick Kyrgios has spoken of emerging from the "dark place" that threatened to engulf his tennis career following his controversial Australian Open loss to Andreas Seppi, his newfound enjoyment for the game manifesting in a second straight sets defeat of Novak Djokovic in the space of a fortnight.

Collingwood netballer Caitlin Thwaites in Melbourne this week.

A new Magpie, happy to be home

When netball star Caitlin Thwaites is asked to nominate her worst injury during an eventful 14-year career, the answer has nothing to do with her body but everything about her mind.

 Emily Mannix.

Vixen rises to the challenge

Having never played a full game in netball's big league until this season, Emily Mannix's first two were against Diamonds' duo Caitlin Thwaites and Caitlin Bassett and her third against the NSW Swifts' Trinidadian revelation Sam Crawford. This Saturday it will be the colossus Romelda Aiken, who is equipped with the twin advantages of height and experience. Welcome.

Caitlin Thwaites needs some scoring support if the Magpies are to thrive this season.

Super Magpies mortal but moving on against the Thunderbirds

Magpies Netball coach Kristy-Keppich Birrell says "surprise" would not be the word she would use to describe her new team's 1-2 standing after three rounds, because it was always accepted within the Holden Centre's incredibly well-resourced walls (our words) that a team built from scratch and with a minimal collective pre-season preparation would need some getting-to-know-you time, however elite its separate components.

Barty celebrates after winning the Malaysian Open final.

Barty time: Ash reflects on huge night in KL

Ash Barty awoke to a phone full of test messages in Kuala Lumpur on Monday after becoming the first Australian woman not named Sam Stosur to win a WTA singles title in six years, but one from a fellow fisherwoman with whom Barty has formed a close bond was particularly special. Evonne Goolagong Cawley was among the well-wishers; Barty was thrilled.