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