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

New Melbourne Vixens show their 'mongrel' against Northern Mystics

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

Netball

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...

Netball

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.

Tennis

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.

Netball

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.

Netball

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.

Netball

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.

Netball

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.

Tennis

Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka 'surprised' by crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka admits he was surprised by the Melbourne Park crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal for taking an off-court medical timeout.

Tennis

Open will review heat policy

Australian Open director Craig Tiley (right) with Li Na of China after her victory in the women's singles final on Saturday night.

Linda Pearce Only four hot days in week one denied the Australian Open a record crowd.

Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce What Rafael Nadal has called his unluckiest grand slam has defeated him once more.

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Tennis

Li Na looks ahead after rethink helped her win Australian Open

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Now that Li Na has a Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to go with the French version named for Suzanne Lenglen, what will be next?

Scratchy start ends on a high

Big finish: Li Na celebrates her convincing win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Linda Pearce The first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title now owns two.

Tennis

Pete Sampras says each decade has its great players

Pete Sampras

Linda Pearce Pete Sampras says he had rejected several coaching approaches since his retirement.

Tennis

Coach Carlos Rodriguez reveals Li Na driven to the edge of retirement

Li Na of China celebrates a point

Linda Pearce Carlos Rodriguez is not certain if Li Na would really have retired as she threatened on the drive to Wimbledon just over seven months ago.

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Tennis

Federer is hoping to overcome a lopsided rivalry against Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Federer will be trying to turn around a lopsided rivalry, writes Linda Pearce.

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Tennis

Celebrations won't stop the fireworks on court

Foot Faults dink for Australian Open

Linda Pearce and Emma Quayle After lengthy negotiations the Australia Day fireworks will be moved 3.5 kilometres down the road.