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.

Kei Nishikori downs David Ferrer, makes life tough for Andy Murray

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...


Novak Djokovic still cruising to top ranking

Novak Djokovic: Expects closer, longer battles are to come.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is one win from securing the year-end No.1 ranking for the third time in four seasons.

Marin Cilic loses in straight sets to Tomas Berdych at ATP World Tour Finals

Marin Cilic.

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.

Roger Federer zeros in on win number 1000

Still so much at stake: Roger Federer in London.

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.

Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals

Roger Federer is the only undefeated player in Group B.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer clobbers US Open finalist Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in 69 minutes at London's O2 Arena.

Novak Djokovic thrashes Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic is favoured to finish the year at No.1 for the third time in four years.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic may have workshopped the mysterious business of parenting with experienced dad-of-four Roger Federer, but the world No.

Stan Wawrinka shakes off form slump to thrash Tomas Berdych at ATP World Tour Finals

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.

Rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori puts Andy Murray back on his heels

In charge: Kei Nishikori was able to dictate terms against  Andy Murray, whom he had not beaten in three previous attempts.

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...

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...


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.