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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth have revived a Davis Cup quarter-final campaign that had been left on life support by Friday's twin singles failures, claiming the doubles rubber against Kazakhstan in...
Linda Pearce Thanasi Kokkinakis quipped that his first scroll through Facebook on Friday morning revealed "about eight mug shots" of the player with whom he had shared singles duty in Australia's previous Davis...
Linda Pearce Australia's bid to reach its first Davis Cup semi-final since 2006 has been gravely imperilled by a disastrous opening day against Kazakhstan at Marrara.
Linda Pearce The fact that Bernard Tomic is still among the top 25 players in world tennis - despite multiple controversies - prompts the question: how good could he be if he could just got everything right?
Linda Pearce Evonne Goolagong Cawley still enjoys telling her story, and Wimbledon brings a reminder each year of just how special it is.
Linda Pearce Burt the saltwater crocodile chose Thanasi Kokkinakis to lead off Australia's Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan on Friday.
Linda Pearce, Darwin Davis Cup captain Wally Masur is still getting to know Nick Kyrgios, but the evidence gleaned from a doubles scratch match at Marrara earlier this week was enough to convince Masur that his young...
Linda Pearce The rift between Davis Cup outcast Bernard Tomic and Tennis Australia has escalated dramatically, with Tomic's father John threatening to sue the governing body...
Linda Pearce Sarah Elliott is the cricketer who made her maiden international century while breastfeeding nine-month-old son Sam during breaks in play of an Ashes Test.
Linda Pearce Former Hockeyroo Hope Munro competed at two Olympic Games after having her two daughters.
Linda Pearce Many sportswomen's career prospects evaporate when their waters break, and countless others delay parenthood in the first place, for fear of the selection consequences.
Linda Pearce For Talia Rodder, life as a jockey on - mostly - the country circuit could mean schlepping to Bairnsdale one day, Warrnambool the next.
Linda Pearce Diamonds defender Julie Corletto has played her last ANZ Championship game, and plans to end her international career after next month's Netball World Cup in Sydney.
Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens bookends Geva Mentor and Karyn Bailey have been recognised individually at the end of their team's disappointing season, with the imported goal keeper and Australian goal shooter...
Linda Pearce Adelaide Thunderbirds shooter Erin Bell has edged out Susan Pettitt, Tegan Philip and Gretel Tippett to claim the second goal attack's position in the Diamonds squad for this year's Netball World Cup.