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.

Resurgent Roger Federer threatens to pinch Novak Djokovic's glory

Comeback king: Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce When Roger Federer departed this year's Australian Open as the soon-to-be world No. 8, it seemed, not for the first time, that one of the great sporting careers was in a terminal decline.

Pat Rafter takes on role of Tennis Australia's director of team performance

Keen and engaged: Pat Rafter in a meditative mood.

Linda Pearce Is Pat Rafter excited to be Tennis Australia's new director of performance? That would not be his word. Optimistic? Yes. Keen and engaged? Absolutely.

Erin Bell: from fast food to co-captain of Australia’s Fast5 Flyers

Intense: Erin Bell will co-captain the Fast5 Flyers, in a competition Australia has yet to win.

Linda Pearce Erin Bell was in very non-Commonwealth Italy in August when her erstwhile Diamonds' teammates crushed New Zealand to win overdue gold in Glasgow.

Pat Rafter steps up to new role at Tennis Australia

Tennis Australia's new director of performance Pat Rafter.

Linda Pearce Dual US Open champion Pat Rafter will oversee the future on-court direction of Australian tennis, after the Davis Cup captain's surprise appointment to a key full-time role as Tennis Australia's new...

From Nick Kyrgios to Sam Stosur, tennis coach Simon Rea is on the road again

Linda Pearce Between the surprise Wimbledon end to his successful partnership with Nick Kyrgios and the new, also unexpected, start to his coaching relationship with Sam Stosur, Simon Rea was in limbo for barely...

tennis

Frank Sedgman reveals the best tales from a golden age of tennis

Frank Sedgman before the 1952 Wimbledon final.

Linda Pearce Frank Sedgman's long-overdue biography was launched at a familliar venue.

Statistics the new force in keeping winners winning on the tennis court

Stats man: Wim Fissette and his charge, Serena-slayer Simona Halep.

Linda Pearce As the former coach of Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki, and the current adviser to world No.4 and recent Serena-slayer Simona Halep, Wim Fissette has been known to quiz his players after matches...

Nick Kyrgios among Newcombe Medal nominees

Canberra's Nick Kyrgios has had an outstanding year in 2014.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios' rise to the top of Australian tennis could extend into awards season with the teenager nominated for his first Newcombe Medal

Caroline Wozniacki upsets Maria Sharapova in epic match at WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki.

Linda Pearce Maria Sharapova has left herself with no more wriggle room in the quest to unseat Serena Williams as the year-end No.1.

WTA to expand on-court coaching from next season

WTA Finals tournament director, Melissa Pine, rising stars Monica Puig of Puerto Rico and Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, and WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster pose for the cameras before the tournament began.

Linda Pearce The jury may still be out on the desirability of the WTA's on-court coaching system, but the governing body of women's tennis has made a ruling to permit even more external assistance during matches,...

Serena Williams opens WTA Finals with win over Ana Ivanovic

Victorious: Serena Williams celebrates beating Ana Ivanovic.

Linda Pearce Serena Williams has won four year-end WTA Championships, and successfully wrote the first chapter in the bid for No.5 with a 6-4, 6-4 round-robin defeat of Ana Ivanovic.

Caroline Wozniacki finds her mojo ... and a spot in WTA Finals

New look: Caroline Wozniacki has a fresh approach.

Linda Pearce The point at which Caroline Wozniacki says she went from rarely looking at the world rankings to resolutely averting her eyes was in May when the former No.1 dropped to No.

What a difference a year makes to WTA Finals line-up

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the US, and Simona Halep of Romania walk from the Marina Bay Sands hotel to the draw ceremony prior to the start of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals at Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday.

Linda Pearce From last year's WTA Finals line-up, only Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska have returned for the current edition, which means that just as the venue for the $7.

Clare McMeniman excited at new netball challenge

Seizing her chance: Clare McMeniman has embraced her selection in the national team.

Linda Pearce When Clare McMeniman received a congratulatory email from the just-retired Bianca Chatfield acknowledging her belated selection in the Australian team six years, one retirement and two missed seasons...

Tomic working with former Belgian ace Xavier Malisse but father stays involved

Bernard Tomic has been training with Xavier Malisse in Stockholm as part of a three-week coaching trial.

Linda Pearce Should Xavier Malisse's surprise three-week coaching trial with Bernard Tomic extend to a more permanent arrangement for next season, John Tomic has declared that he will retain a joint coaching role...

Injured Diamonds captain Laura Geitz out of Tests against England

Diamonds captain Laura Geitz.

Linda Pearce A tearful Laura Geitz will miss the remaining two Tests in the Diamonds' international season, with the Australian captain succumbing to a left knee injury that will require surgery.

Netball

Caitlin Bassett makes giant strides

Be yourself: A determined Caitlin Bassett is scoring on court and in life.

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

tennis

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.