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 Kei Nishikori's three-set defeat of alternate David Ferrer refined the equation to this: for Andy Murray to join Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals, the Scot needs to beat...
Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is one win from securing the year-end No.1 ranking for the third time in four seasons.
Linda Pearce As Rafael Nadal arrived for a post-surgery promotional appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, the man who took his place in the eight-man field was effectively departing.
Linda Pearce As Roger Federer approaches his 1000th career match win, No.994 would guarantee the 17-time major winner the top qualifying place in his round-robin group at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Linda Pearce Roger Federer clobbers US Open finalist Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in 69 minutes at London's O2 Arena.
Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic may have workshopped the mysterious business of parenting with experienced dad-of-four Roger Federer, but the world No.
Linda Pearce, London Form slump? What form slump? Despite having won a single match in his previous four tournaments, the Australian Open champion dominated the Czech world No.7 at the ATP World Tour Finals, 6-1, 6-1.
Linda Pearce Andy Murray admits he faces a challenge to advance past the round-robin stage of the ATP World Tour Finals after a poor opening against Kei Nishikori, the rising Japanese star who has had a more...
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.