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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.

The Swifts' Maddy Turner.

One page away from Turner's happy ending

Maddy Turner watched last year's famous Queensland-NSW grand final from the family couch in suburban Adelaide, as a teenager with a dream but not, yet, an ANZ Championship team. Her debut season will end on Sunday, in the rematch, Turner having succeeded the great Julie Corletto as the Swifts' first-choice goal defence, and exceeded all expectations.

Roger Federer injured his knee during the men's semifinal at Wimbledon.

Is it just Federer's season that's over?

Just six days after Roger Federer confirmed he would be starting 2017 at Perth's Hopman Cup, the Swiss great announced that his current season is over, almost four months early. At almost 35, is it also the end?

Star shooter Romelda Aiken is a key to Firebirds' success.

Firebirds in box seat for repeat

No team has won back-to-back premierships in the first eight years of the ANZ Championship, and only the Queensland Firebirds can succeed where they and four other clubs have failed before the trans-Tasman curtain is permanently drawn next week. 

Firebirds stars such as Gretel Tippett and Romelda Aiken could be targets for other teams.

Chase success, not money: Jencke

Dual Queensland Firebirds premiership coach Roselee Jencke is preaching the Shaun Burgoyne message as the five existing and three new Australian teams prepare for the frenzied recruiting season tipped to follow next weekend's ANZ Championship grand final: play for team success, not for the money.

Phoenix Karaka, of Central Pulse, and Emma Ryde, of the Melbourne Vixens, compete for the ball during an ANZ ...

End of an era for netball

It's the end of a marriage as the nine-year-old ANZ Championship draws to a close, but is there a better union just around the corner?

Roger Federer will return to the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Federer to return to Hopman Cup

For the first time since a young Roger Federer teamed with his then-girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec back in 2002, the Swiss champion will be returning to the Hopman Cup.