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.

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

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


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


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

Masur confident Kyrgios will be fit to take on Czechs

Nick Kyrgios' persona is nothing like the reputation of his home town of Canberra.

Linda Pearce The majority of Australia's extended Davis Cup squad will gather in Prague from various points around the globe on Thursday, with interim captain Wally Masur expecting spearhead Nick Kyrgios to be...

Happy birthday: Hewitt savours prospect of winnable Davis Cup tie

Tennis racquet and ball

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt has such an exceptional tennis memory that there is significance in his inability to recall the last time Australia had such a good chance of winning a world group Davis Cup tie as...

Vixens recruit Alice Teague-Neeld has the competitive spirit to succeed

What it takes: Vixens recruit Alice Teague-Neeld at the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Linda Pearce Eloise Southby knows what it is to be a league footballer's daughter and elite netballer, and also knows a born competitor when she spies one.

Novak Djokovic hopes Australian Open win won't spoil friendship with Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic with his trophy on the banks of the Yarra on Monday.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic says he and his contemporary Andy Murray are no longer as close as they once were.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray to win fifth Australian Open crown

Five and counting: Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his fifth Australian Open men's singles title.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic has rewritten tennis history with yet another Australian Open final triumph over Andy Murray on a drama-charged night at Melbourne Park.

Nick Kyrgios out for a month with bone stress injury, Davis Cup in doubt

Australia's Nick Kyrgios played through the pain in the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios will be sidelined for at least a month, and possibly also for Australia's first round Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in early March, after an MRI scan revealed bone stress in...

Australian Open: Serena Williams wins sixth title

Serena Williams celebrates winning a point during the women's final.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams has continued her relentless march to sporting immortality with another demoralising Australian Open final triumph over Maria Sharapova.

How does Maria solve a problem like Serena?

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou keeps a keen eye on Serena Williams as she trains on Friday.

Linda Pearce Since Maria Sharapova last beat Serena Williams, Australia has had five changes of prime minister, Melbourne seven different coaches, the Socceroos have played in three World Cups, 90s neon has made...

Keys loses semi but with the accolades

Test: Serena Williams (right) with Madison Keys after their semi-final clash.

Linda Pearce There was a warm embrace at the net, and sustained applause from Serena Williams as Madison Keys left Rod Laver Arena. Bravo.