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.

Tactix coach tips Kiwi teams to bridge the gap

Tactix' Malawian shooter Mwai Kumwenda.

Linda Pearce Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs believes the early signs in the ANZ Championship season point to an abridged gap between the Australian and struggling New Zealand teams, vindicating predictions of the...

Mwai Kumwenda: the Malawi trailblazer

Linda Pearce Costa Kumwenda still grows corn in the small Malawian village where she raised her eight children. Mwai, the youngest, is across the seas in Christchurch; a 24-year-old professional netballer, and...


Death threats fail to slow West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer

Norma Plummer

Linda Pearce West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer has remained in New Zealand to prepare her team for the second leg of its ANZ Championship away double in Tauranga this weekend despite local authorities...


Pat Cash: Bernard Tomic needs a break

Exit: Bernard Tomic after losing in Florida last week.

Linda Pearce Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes Bernard Tomic's longer-term tennis interests and mental health would be best served by the controversial 21-year-old taking an extended break from the game.


Melbourne Vixens must step up after consecutive defeats

Vixens wing defence Kate Moloney in action.

Linda Pearce After two wins have come two unexpected losses, the latest a 49-44 failure against surprise ladder leaders the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.


Vixens fall to Magic in another loss at home

Melbourne Vixens

Linda Pearce The Melbourne favourites tried three shooting combinations to no avail.


Netball: Interchange of top trans-Tasman talent a sign of the times

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Linda Pearce The first infiltrator, or defector, was Vicki Wilson, the Queensland great who last year was hired as an assistant coach of New Zealand's treasured national team, the Silver Ferns.


Dellacqua rises as Stosur falls

Casey Dellacqua has earned her highest slot in almost six years.

Linda Pearce As Sam Stosur awakes to her lowest ranking - No.20 - since mid-2009, Casey Dellacqua has earned her highest slot in almost six years.

Netball: Firebirds d Vixens

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Vixens in dramatic loss to Firebirds

Romelda Aiken

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens' unbeaten start to the season is over, ended by the Queensland Firebirds.


Vixens learn from best

Winging it: Vixen Kate Moloney is getting wisdom from the best.

Linda Pearce A player who didn't start in any game last season has so far played seven quarters out of eight.

Sam Stosur to play in Australia's Fed Cup semi-final

Samantha Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur will next month make the long trek back home from the northern hemisphere to Queensland for Australia's first Fed Cup semi-final since 1993.

Mark Neeld's daughter picked for Vixens debut

Linda Pearce Hand surgery to Melbourne Vixens shooter Erin Hoare has prompted teenager Alice Teague-Neeld's promotion from training partner to temporary squad member for Sunday's preliminary final rematch against...

Melbourne Vixens' Kate Moloney learns from the best on wing defence

Linda Pearce The Melbourne Vixens' newest wing defence is receiving personal tuition from arguably the best netball's seen.

Netball: Vixen Kate Moloney

Linda Pearce Having just recently celebrated her 21st birthday, the most that Kate Moloney has seen of arguably (but, well, who could object?) netball's greatest ever wing defence has been some video footage of...


Romelda Aiken cleared for take-off against Vixens

Romelda Aiken is a cut above the rest.

Linda Pearce Queensland Firebirds' goal shooting ace Romelda Aiken will be fit to play against the Melbourne Vixens on Sunday.

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Vixens expect Fever pitch battle in Perth

Linda Pearce Never have the expectations been higher than this season for the impressive-on-paper Perth outfit


Melbourne Vixens set for early hit-and-run Perth raid

Linda Pearce Vixens forced to prepare for a unique 9.18am start, the earliest of the season.


New Melbourne Vixens show their 'mongrel' against Northern Mystics

Melbourne Vixens defend

Linda Pearce Vixens make impressive start to the new ANZ Championship year, outplaying the Northern Mystics 58-34.


New name, same title focus for Vixen Madi Robinson

Linda Pearce Madi Robinson now finds herself with another new name: new senior citizen of the Vixens' midcourt.