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.

Australian Open 2016: Vicky Duval's cancer in remission, her spirit undimmed

Linda Pearce When an emergency biopsy on a lump on Vicky Duval's neck during the 2014 Wimbledon qualifying tournament led to a shocking cancer diagnosis and three months of debilitating chemotherapy, the then...

Australian Open 2016: Hewitt to play Duckworth in possible tournament farewell

James Duckworth will be playing Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of the Australian Open.

Linda Pearce James Duckworth learnt the identity of his first-round Australian Open opponent when he was about half-way through Friday's practice session.

Australian Open 2016: I would love to say I work harder, but really I don't, says Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic in action at the Sydney International.

Linda Pearce Yes/no question to Bernard Tomic: Do you work hard enough? Answer, accompanied by a slightly sheepish laugh: no.


Australian Open 2016: Rafa unplugged – exclusive video from behind the scenes

Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Linda Pearce "Just one more, Rafa," coaxed the people from behind the camera, as a weary Nadal swooshed an imaginary forehand during the promotional photo shoot held in a temporary studio tucked away above...

Australian Open 2016: New dad Ben Mitchell takes his first step into the main draw

Ben Mitchell plays a backhand during his match against Darian King of Barbados.

Linda Pearce As Ben Mitchell begins his first year on tour as a new father to three-week old Zara,  he is hearing about how well others have managed on-the-road tennis parenthood.

Bernard Tomic's practice court controversy hosed down by senior Queensland official

Linda Pearce An eyewitness to the latest Bernard Tomic controversy, Tennis Gold Coast president Mike Ford, has made a spirited defence of the much-maligned world No.

Australian Open 2016: Tomic earns a top-16 seeding, and joined by Stosur and Kyrgios in the top 32

In the top 16: Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic has earned a top-16 grand slam seeding for the first time, the absence of world No.9 Richard Gasquet ensuring the Queenslander will  avoid an Australian Open meeting with the top...

Australian Open 2016: Kyrgios may earn a second chance, says Federer

Roger Federer says it's not too late for Australian tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios to redeem himself.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer says it's not too late for Nick Kyrgios to redeem himself in the eyes of a disapproving public.

Brisbane International 2016: Raonic avenges 2015 finals loss to Federer, wins eighth career title

Milos Raonic of Canada holds the Roy Emerson trophy after winning the Brisbane International.

Linda Pearce Canada's Milos Raonic avenges his 2015 finals loss to Roger Federer to claim eighth career title.

Australian Open 2016: Azarenka new second favourite behind Serena Williams as the women's casualty list grows

In form: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus holding her 2016 Brisbane International trophy.

Linda Pearce Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is back to full fitness.

Australian Open 2016: Tributes from Federer, Newcombe, Stosur, Fraser and friends as Hewitt on the home stretch

Jarmila Wolfe and Lleyton Hewitt of Australia Gold talk tactics.

Linda Pearce #Hewbeauty is the Twitter handle of choice for this farewell summer. Almost a year after it was announced, it has already been a tremendously long good-bye.

Brisbane International 2016 women's final: Victoria Azarenka powers past Angelique Kerber

Back on top: Victoria Azarenka.

Linda Pearce Seven years after Victoria Azarenka claimed her first Brisbane International title, she finally owns a second.

Federer to Tomic: show me the results

More to do: Roger Federer is reserving judgment on Bernard Tomic's progress.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer has heard Bernard Tomic speak about his top 10 goals for quite some time now, but then seen the Australian back them up only in short bursts.

Pat Cash slams media over Chris Gayle comments

Pat Cash of Australia and Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia take part in the Fast4 Legends match on Saturday.

Linda Pearce Pat Cash has defended cricketer Chris Gayle over the West Indian's controversial sideline interview in Hobart on Monday night.

Brisbane International 2016: Tomic beaten by Raonic in semi-finals

Bernard Tomic waves after losing to Milos Raonic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's bid for a maiden finals appearance at the Brisbane International has been ended by Canadian Milos Raonic, losing a close semi-final in two tiebreak sets without dropping serve.

Brisbane International 2016: Bernard Tomic overpowers Kei Nishikori for first top-10 win in Australia

Bernard Tomic had to battle in hot and humid conditions in Brisbane to defeat Kei Nishikori.

Linda Pearce A feisty and determined Bernard Tomic battled hot and humid conditions to defeat Kei Nishikori of Japan.

Australian Open 2016: Mamma Mia! Can Serena Williams go again?

Injury concern: Serena Williams was forced to pull put of the Hopman Cup with a knee injury.

Linda Pearce Just over three months ago, Roberta Vinci was at home in southern Italy when she received a confronting SMS.

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Australian Open 2016: Goran Ivanisevic's Croatian protege Marin Cilic confident he can be more than a one-slam guy

Contender: Marin Cilic of Croatia plays a shot against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the Brisbane International on Friday.

Linda Pearce Marin Cilic could be more intent on devouring a second grand slam title because he knows how glorious the first bite tasted, or the edge may conceivably have been taken off the 2014 US Open...

Brisbane International 2016: US newcomer qualifier Sam Crawford the semi-final bolter

US player Samantha Crawford is not well known on the tour, but plays her first tour-level semi-final on Friday in Brisbane.

Linda Pearce, Brisbane From the wreckage of the injury-ravaged Brisbane International women's draw, a bright, giggly and little-known prospect has emerged.

Brisbane International 2016: Bernard Tomic a growing threat, says Marin Cilic

Focused: Bernard Tomic says he has grown physically and mentally and is more confident.

Linda Pearce Just as Bernard Tomic believes he is a different player to the one belted 6-0, 6-4 by Kei Nishikori in the Brisbane International quarter-finals a year ago, former US Open champion Marin Cilic is the...