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.

Netball's battle of wounded knee

Madi Robinson in action for the Diamonds against England.

Linda Pearce A week after Diamonds star Madi Robinson became the latest victim of what is colloquially known as "netballer's knee'' comes news of a ground-breaking program that aims to reduce lower leg injuries...

Melbourne Vixens lose third game in a row

Melbourne's Liz Watson comes up against Queensland's Gabi Simpson.

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens have plunged to their third consecutive defeat and a shaky 3-3 record almost half-way through their title defence, after a 55-48 loss to the Queensland Firebirds in the grand final...

Madi Robinson injury not the end of Vixens' season, says coach

Tegan Philip (right) is expected to step up.

Linda Pearce The premature end to Madi Robinson's year should not extinguish the Melbourne Vixens' hopes of a successful ANZ Championship defence, says Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

Diamonds can still shine without injured Madi Robinson, says coach Lisa Alexander

Linda Pearce Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander was in Namibia on Monday, following the live scores from the Vixens-Fever ANZ Championship match in Perth, when there was a pause in play.

Bernard Tomic losing teeth as Sam Stosur sheds another coach

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic is booked in for wisdom teeth extraction and a schedule trim after contesting this week's Miami Open, a tournament his female equivalent, Sam Stosur, will enter having...

Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield looks to rebound after surprise benching

Bianca Chatfield looks on as teammate Geva Mentor goes up to try and block a shot by Erin Bell of the Queensland Firebirds.

Linda Pearce Bianca Chatfield struggles to recall the last time she was benched for form reasons during an ANZ Championship game.

Vixens netball panel for Sunday

Linda Pearce ANZ Championship, round 4:

The enduring power of netball's Big V

Home: Madi Robinson (left, versus Abbey McCulloch) is back with the Vixens

Linda Pearce From the backline, as Jack Dyer might have said: Sharni Layton, Julie Corletto, Amy Steel, Renae Hallinan, Caitlyn Nevins, Caitlin Thwaites, Erin Hoare.

Vixens unbeaten, despite being below their best

Star burst: The Vixens’ Madi Robinson in flight in her last match against the Thunderbirds.

Linda Pearce As the first draws in ANZ Championship history were played out in Sydney and Adelaide last Sunday, only one of the six teams competing that afternoon found a way to to win.

Wally Masur sees familiar tenacity in Thanasi Kokkinakis ahead of clash with Bernard Tomic

A touch of the Hewitt grit: Wally Masur congratulates Thanasi Kokkinakis after his Davis Cup win.

Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Wally Masur sees a little of Lleyton Hewitt in rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis' unwillingness to surrender in tough situations, and a lot to like about the current crop of youngsters...

Heady times as young Vixen Watson steps up to the mark

Liz Watson (right) watches as teammate Madi Robinson gets to the ball ahead of Adelaide's Renae Hallinan when the teams met in round two.

Linda Pearce In the hours after the Melbourne Vixens' round two defeat of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, young Vixens' centre Liz Watson received a playful SMS from a friend warning her not to get carried away with...

Bianca Chatfield proves herself a stayer at the Vixens

Melbourne Vixens' captain Bianca Chatfield.

Linda Pearce The two obvious highlights in the first 99 games of Bianca Chatfield's ANZ Championship career have been the grand final wins of 2009 and 2014, while the dramatic night her great friend Sharelle...

ANZ Championship round two

Linda Pearce ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP, RD 2

Davis Cup draws plaudits, brickbats

Job done: Roger Federer with the Swiss team after winning the Davis Cup.

Linda Pearce After Roger Federer extended to 20-17 his career advantage over Novak Djokovic in the recent Dubai final, the world's top two players went very separate ways: Federer for a break; Djokovic to the...

Wally Masur says Australia can win Davis Cup

Been there, doing that: Pat Rafter (left) and Wally Masur. Masur said he felt obliged to step in after encouraging Rafter to become TA’s performance director.

Linda Pearce In the early days of Wally Masur's five-year stint as Australia's Davis Cup coach from 2001, the former world No.

Melbourne Vixens open season with win over Central Pulse

Netball.

Linda Pearce The unfurling of the 2014 premiership flag preceded the possible first step towards an historic title defence for the Melbourne Vixens, who marked netball's debut on Margaret Court Arena with a 64-40...

Melbourne Vixens try to beat the hoodoo

The Melbourne Vixens after winning the 2014 title.

Linda Pearce In the seven-year history of the ANZ Championship, two constants have been the ongoing struggles of the New Zealand teams to succeed on this side of the ditch, and the inability of the premiers to...

Vixens not resting on laurels with youth and experience

Melbourne Vixens Carla Dziwoki, Alice Teague-Neeld, Emily Mannix and Chloe Watson.

Linda Pearce Among the four new faces in the 2015 Vixens squad are three 20-and-unders and 32-year-old Carla Dziwoki.

Bianca Chatfield impressed with Pulse

Melbourne Vixens' captain Bianca Chatfield has seen enough of the Wellington-based Pulse in the pre-season to talk up their chances of finishing as the best-performing New Zealand team of 2015.

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens' round one ANZ Championship opponent has not won a game in 19 attempts in Australia, but premiership captain Bianca Chatfield has seen enough of the Wellington-based  Pulse in...

Netball panel: Vixens v Pulse

Linda Pearce ANZ Championship, round 1