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 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?
Linda Pearce Once upon a time that was 2009, Jason Kubler was described as a right-handed version of Rafael Nadal.
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...
Linda Pearce Australia's finest young female tennis prospect, Ashleigh Barty, will take an indefinite break from the game.
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familly's dalliance with life in Melbourne may end up lasting less than a year, with a disgruntled John Tomic having withdrawn his daughter, Sara, a talented junior, from the national...
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.
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.
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.
Linda Pearce Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has warned that potentially challenging times lie ahead for Australian wonderboy Nick Kyrgios.
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,...
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...