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.

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.

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander says changes in personnel to ANZ Championship teams creates a level playing field in race for title

Linda Pearce There are three Vixens - Jo Weston, Liz Watson and Caitlyn Strachan - among the 14 new names on ANZ Championship team lists for 2014, and one ground-breaking African, Tactix recruit Mwai Kumwenda of...


Melbourne Vixens welcome four new recruits

Linda Pearce Cath Cox is the oldest. Caitlyn Strachan has waited the longest. Jo Weston has emerged the fastest. Liz Watson has arrived the latest.


Bernard Tomic likely to return at Monte Carlo after hip surgeries

Linda Pearce Monte Carlo Masters in mid-April probable where and when of Bernard Tomic's tournament return.


Northern Mystics primed for a big 2014

Linda Pearce With a virtual international team, the New Zealand side is tipped for big things in 2014.


Liz Watson ready to grab chance with netball's Melbourne Vixens

Liz Watson in action against the Tactix.

Linda Pearce Liz Watson can scarcely believe how her sporting life has changed in one week.


Melbourne Vixens recasting the midcourt

Vixen Caitlin Strahan in action against the Tactix.

Linda Pearce Combinations were tested and recruits given important playing minutes ahead of the ANZ Championship's opening round.


Teen Watson steps up to fill Vixens role as Elissa Kent announces pregnancy

Elissa Kent nee Macleod

Linda Pearce Having filled in for Kent earlier, Watson has now been named as her ongoing replacement.