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.
Linda Pearce As the former coach of Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki, and the current adviser to world No.4 and recent Serena-slayer Simona Halep, Wim Fissette has been known to quiz his players after matches...
Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios' rise to the top of Australian tennis could extend into awards season with the teenager nominated for his first Newcombe Medal
Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova has left herself with no more wriggle room in the quest to unseat Serena Williams as the year-end No.1.
Linda Pearce The jury may still be out on the desirability of the WTA's on-court coaching system, but the governing body of women's tennis has made a ruling to permit even more external assistance during matches,...
Linda Pearce Serena Williams has won four year-end WTA Championships, and successfully wrote the first chapter in the bid for No.5 with a 6-4, 6-4 round-robin defeat of Ana Ivanovic.
Linda Pearce The point at which Caroline Wozniacki says she went from rarely looking at the world rankings to resolutely averting her eyes was in May when the former No.1 dropped to No.
Linda Pearce From last year's WTA Finals line-up, only Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska have returned for the current edition, which means that just as the venue for the $7.
Linda Pearce When Clare McMeniman received a congratulatory email from the just-retired Bianca Chatfield acknowledging her belated selection in the Australian team six years, one retirement and two missed seasons...
Linda Pearce Should Xavier Malisse's surprise three-week coaching trial with Bernard Tomic extend to a more permanent arrangement for next season, John Tomic has declared that he will retain a joint coaching role...
Linda Pearce A tearful Laura Geitz will miss the remaining two Tests in the Diamonds' international season, with the Australian captain succumbing to a left knee injury that will require surgery.
Linda Pearce Caitlin Bassett was always the girl who hated standing up in front of the class because that meant being looked at.
Linda Pearce Australian Open champion Li Na will be returning to Melbourne Park in an ambassadorial rather than playing role in January, but the growth of tennis in her populous homeland continues to gather pace...
Linda Pearce Lisa Alexander says 'we've got improvement to come' after another stong win against the Silver Ferns.
Linda Pearce As the countdown clock ticks on towards next year's Netball World Cup in Sydney, New Zealand almost turns around a dismal run in hard-fought match.
Linda Pearce Just a year ago, Tegan Caldwell was a face in the crowd gathered to watch the annual Hisense Arena showdown against New Zealand, now she represents Australia.
Linda Pearce The prize Margaret Court received for the first of her 11 Australian singles titles back in 1960 was an umbrella.
Linda Pearce If, next January, the planets align for Roger Federer at Melbourne Park for a remarkable fifth time, the presentation ceremony could prove to be a rather cosy affair with his co-coach Stefan Edberg,...
Linda Pearce The rampant Australian midcourt can expect some closer New Zealand attention in Wednesday's second Test, according to Diamonds captain Laura Geitz, whose team is chasing a 15th consecutive victory...
Linda Pearce Much has been made of the on-line flirtation between the Bonds-baring, Rafa-routing young Canberra punk Nick Kyrgios and the shrieker otherwise known as wounded former Australian Open singles...
Linda Pearce Has England taken the mantle from New Zealand as Australia's most threatening rival?