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.


Caitlin Bassett makes giant strides

Linda Pearce Caitlin Bassett was always the girl who hated standing up in front of the class because that meant being looked at.


Li Na to spin interest at Melbourne Park as Chinese take-away hits new highs

Li Na will return to Melbourne Park, but not as you know it.

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...

Diamonds coach focuses on what matters: 'we won'

'And as I've said to everyone - probably ad nauseum - we've got improvement to come.'

Linda Pearce Lisa Alexander says 'we've got improvement to come' after another stong win against the Silver Ferns.

Diamonds shine but Kiwis defiant in Constellation Cup

Catherine Latu of the Silver Ferns was not enough for Julie Corletto of the Diamonds.

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.


Tegan Caldwell becoming a polished Diamond

Tegan Caldwell trains at the AIS in Canberra.

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.


The Court of King Kyrgios

Back-to-back: Margaret Court and Nick Kyrios.

Linda Pearce The prize Margaret Court received for the first of her 11 Australian singles titles back in 1960 was an umbrella.


Stefan Edberg to present Australian Open trophy

Roger Federer.

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,...

New Zealand to target Diamonds' midcourt, says Laura Geitz

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...


Wildcard anyone? Now that's a grand idea

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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...

New Zealand always a threat, says netball coach Lisa Alexander despite Games result

Madi Robinson, Kimberley Ravaillion and Renae Hallinan rejoice after Australia won the gold medal at the Glasgow games, defeating New Zealand by a big margin.

Linda Pearce Has England taken the mantle from New Zealand as Australia's most threatening rival?

Tennis protege Jason Kubler rises from the red dust

Tough slog: There has been no fairytale rise for Jason Kubler, for whom bad luck and hard work sum up his career so far.

Linda Pearce Once upon a time that was 2009, Jason Kubler was described as a right-handed version of Rafael Nadal.

Diamonds coach calls for rule change after defection

Disappointed: Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

Linda Pearce Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander is "disappointed" by New Zealand's selection of Australian shooter Ameliaranne Wells for the upcoming Constellation Cup series, while seeking a review of the ANZ...

Ashleigh Barty gives no hint of return after walking away from tennis

Ash Barty.

Linda Pearce Australia's finest young female tennis prospect, Ashleigh Barty, will take an indefinite break from the game.

Tomic family says game over after dispute with tennis academy over Sara

On the ball: John Tomic during the French Open in May.

Linda Pearce The Tomic familly's dalliance with life in Melbourne may end up lasting less than a year, with a disgruntled John Tomic having withdrawn his daughter, Sara, a talented junior, from the national...

Lay off Jasika, says 'big brother' Nick Kyrgios

Australian tennis player Omar Jasika speaks to the media at Melbourne Park this week.

Linda Pearce The price of fame: when new US Open junior champion Omar Jasika makes his ATP debut as a wildcard entry at next week's Malaysian Open, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic will be beside him.

Off the couch and down to business

Serving it up: US Open junior title winner Omar Jasika.

Linda Pearce Barely 12 months ago, Omar Jasika was not the poster boy for the junior game in Australia. He was showing signs of becoming something of a problem child.

International retirement sits easily with Bianca Chatfield

On guard: Bianca Chatfield gives Wales a hard time at the Commonwealth Games.

Linda Pearce In three weeks, when Australia's triumphant Commonwealth Games netball team plays its next Test, the only player missing from its Glasgow squad will be the just-retired vice-captain Bianca Chatfield.


Testing times for injury-prone Nick Kyrgios require attitude shift, says Pat Rafter

Nick Kyrgios has been selected as Australia’s second player for the tie against Uzbekistan.

Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.

Pssst: Inside the Davis Cup locker-room

Tennis mum: Kathryn Oyeniyi with her Davis Cup family.

Linda Pearce As the mother of one 10-year-old daughter, Kathryn Oyeniyi jokes that she also has about 16 sons. That would be the Davis Cup team, and support staff, and that would include Lleyton, Bernie, Nick,...


Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...