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.


Lleyton Hewitt out in first round of French Open

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt beaten in the first round of the French Open by Argentinian claycourter Carlos Berlocq.


Li Na out of French Open in first round

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Tearful world No.103 Kristina Mladenovic beats Li Na 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in just over two hours.


Samantha Stosur defies freak injury at French Open

Australia's Samantha Stosur serves to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.

Linda Pearce Samantha Stosur overcame a bloody training injury that required five stitches and two days off the court to get her French Open campaign off to a superb start.


Stanislas Wawrinka puzzled after Australian Open success

Stanislas Wawrinka leaves court after his first-round defeat.

Linda Pearce Stan Wawrinka’s first grand slam match as a grand slam champion has ended with a shock grand slam exit.


Beaten Ashleigh Barty vows to keep striving

Ashleigh Barty hits out.

Linda Pearce As spectacularly as Ashleigh Barty's doubles game has flourished, a major singles breakthrough is proving more elusive.

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Darren Cahill rules himself out of Tennis Australia job

Tennis racquet

Linda Pearce While Australia is still lacking a player in the men's top 40, it also remains without a head of its high performance program, with Darren Cahill having ruled himself out of contention.


Easy first-round passage for Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic hits a return to Portugal's Joao Sousa.

Linda Pearce, Paris There is one piece missing from Novak Djokovic's grand slam puzzle: Roland Garros.


Nishikori out, Sharapova waltzes through to second round

Maria Sharapova had an easy passage into the second round.

Linda Pearce, Paris With the demise of Kei Nishikori, the French Open men's draw lost its first single-figure seed early on a damp second day at Roland Garros.


Marinko Matosevic hopes 13 is lucky charm

Marinko Matosevic will play his first-round match in the French Open on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic's celebration, if and when there finally is one, should really be something.


Roger Federer eases through opener in Paris

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Swiss hands out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Slovakian Lukas Lacko on the opening day.


Nick Kyrgios first Australian to bow out of French Open

Nick Kyrgios stretches for a forehand return against Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios' time will come, but at least at Roland Garros, it will not be quite yet.


Hard road ahead for Australians at French Open

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce The last Australian champion in Paris was Margaret Court in 1973, and it seems wildly optimistic to suggest that the long, long wait will end this year.


Geva Mentor's silver linings

Milestone: Melbourne Vixens' Geva Mentor plays her 100th game on Sunday against her original Australian club, the Thunderbirds.

Linda Pearce Geva Mentor never imagined where the decision to move from England to join Adelaide’s foundation ANZ Championship team would take her, and nor where her controversial relocation to the...


Netball revamp better for New Zealand than Australia, says Plummer

West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer.

Linda Pearce When the trans-Tasman netball league revealed it was considering splitting the existing 10-team competition into separate Australian and New Zealand conferences for which the top three in each would...


Vixens still in control of title race after win over West Coast Fever

Madi Robinson.

Linda Pearce Netball's minor premiership remains the Melbourne Vixens' to lose, after a comfortable - if slightly uninspiring - 65-46 defeat of the West Coast Fever.


Potential future ace's towering achievement

Service with a smile: Olivia Gebicki is headed for the big time.

Linda Pearce If Olivia Gadecki was not the only sister among five brothers, and had not tagged along with the two eldest to the local tennis club where she first picked up a racquet at the age of three, she...


Team focus lifts the standard for star Vixens midcourter Madi Robinson

Team focus: Madi Robinson is now self-judging.

Linda Pearce Madi Robinson will always be what she laughingly calls a "Netty Nerd", someone who watches and dissects every contest and devours the stats, if not perhaps quite not as fanatically as before.


Gretel Tippett, sister of AFL giants, the big hope of Australian netball

Star in the making: Gretel Tippett.

Linda Pearce Gretel Tippett is 193 centimetres and runs, jumps and shoots. She is from a sporting family, sister to AFL duo Kurt and Joel and has been a national basketballer.


Vixen Tegan Caldwell to make international debut at Commonwealth Games

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens goal attack Tegan Caldwell is the only player without senior international experience named among seven Commonwealth Games debutantes who will journey to Glasgow.


Swifts halt Vixens' winning streak

Linda Pearce A statistic that NSW Swifts coach Rob Wright dismissed as irrelevant pre-game was even more emphatic afterwards: from seven visits to Melbourne, the Swifts have now beaten the Vixens six times,...