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 World Cup: Australian Diamonds 'fired-up' for redemption in England clash

Linda Pearce As the defeated Diamonds retreated from the stunned gaze of a world record netball crowd to the privacy of the locker room on Sunday, vice-captain Kim Green saw the disappointment channelled into a...

Netball World Cup 2015: Australian Diamonds lose to New Zealand Silver Ferns

Australia's Caitlin Bassett competes for the ball with Casey Kopua.

Linda Pearce Australia's rampant favouritism for an 11th Netball World Cup title has been given a shock reality check by second seeded New Zealand.

Early heavyweight clash adds spice to netball World Cup

Australia's Kimberlee Green and Natalie Medhurst during the match against Barbados.

Linda Pearce One welcome consequence of the netball World Cup format change for 2015 is that the next trans-Tasman instalment will come far earlier than had become customary at major events.

Netball World Cup: Diamonds keep sharp edge ahead of Silver Ferns clash

Australian head coach Lisa Alexander (centre) with her staff during the match against Trinidad & Tobago.

Linda Pearce New Zealand coach Waimarama Taumaunu has rejected any notion that Australia's nine-match winning sequence against the world No.

Netball World Cup: Jamaica the big threat to the Diamonds, says coach Roselee Jencke

Roselee Jencke


Linda Pearce Jamaica is rated the greatest threat to another world netball crown for Australia.  

Netball World Cup: Australian Diamonds looking back to where it all began

Candid: Sharni Layton.

Linda Pearce Sharni Layton has heard all about the famous day in 1991, when the Diamonds defender was a three-year-old and netball first flirted with spectator-sport status after years of minimal interest.

Netball World Cup 2015: Everything you need to know

Ready to take on the world: (from left) Rebecca Bully, Laura Geitz  and Kim Revallion are ready for the World Cup.

Linda Pearce Who, where, when: everything you need to know about the tournament.

Netball World Cup: Diamonds not forever, but good enough for now

Lisa Alexander

Linda Pearce While Lisa Alexander knows her team's 19-game winning streak will not continue indefinitely, the Diamonds' coach is confident in the champions' ability to respond when it ends. As it must. Eventually.

Netball World Cup: New Zealand still our biggest rival, says Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander addresses her players.

Linda Pearce Amid a growing chorus that England, rather than the usual suspects from across the Tasman, deserve to be rated as the greatest dangers to the all-conquering Diamonds' Netball World Cup defence, there...

Netball World Cup: Sharni Layton no rough Diamond

Candid: Sharni Layton.

Linda Pearce Sharni Layton happily describes herself as an unusual character, her booming voice her calling card, her fiercely competitive and passionate playing style equally entertaining and effective.

Diamonds hunting treble at Netball World Cup

Lisa Alexander, head coach for the Diamonds.

Linda Pearce The Diamonds will 'embrace the pressure' to dominate at the Netball World Cup, says coach Lisa Alexander.

Melbourne Vixens seek two more recruits for ANZ Championship

Re-signed: Vixen Tegan Philip.

Linda Pearce Two vacancies remain to be filled on the Melbourne Vixens 2016 roster, after the re-signing of Diamonds squad member Tegan Philip and talented young home-grown quartet Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Chloe...

Netball: Madi Robinson re-signs with Melbourne Vixens for another two years

Linda Pearce When Robinson signed a one-year contract with the Vixens last year, the idea was to see how 2015 panned out. The answer: not so well.

Tennis: Pat Cash not interested in Davis Cup captaincy

Pat Cash says he's not interested in becoming Davis Cup captain.

Linda Pearce Former Australian great Pat Cash has surprised the tennis world by declaring he isn't interested in becoming Davis Cup captain.

Tennis Australia backs away from Lleyton Hewitt Davis Cup pledge

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates

Linda Pearce Tennis Australia has backtracked on its decision to guarantee Lleyton Hewitt the Davis Cup captaincy immediately after his retirement next January, and will instead open up the process to a group of...

Davis Cup: Lleyton Hewitt guides Australia into semi-finals

Saving the day again: Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Ageing tour warrior Lleyton Hewitt ushered Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday, trouncing Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-3 in the decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan.

The game Sam Groth waited his whole life to play

An extremely happy Sam Groth celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce Perhaps John Fitzgerald put it best when he called yesterday’s first reverse singles contest the match Sam Groth had been waiting his whole life to play.

Davis Cup: Sam Groth beats Mikhail Kukushkin to keep tie alive

An extremely happy Sam Groth celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce Sam Groth, a late replacement for Nick Kyrgios, beats Mikhail Kukushkin to send the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan into a live fifth rubber.

Davis Cup: Sam Groth replaces Nick Kyrgios for reverse singles

Linda Pearce Sam Groth has replaced Nick Kyrgios for the first reverse singles on the final day of Australia's Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin.

Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Role reversal: Ashley Delaney, a backstroker now also swimming freestyle.

Linda Pearce When Ash Delaney made his first major national team, as a backstroker at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, team captain Grant Hackett was among the first to applaud.