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 Andrea Petkovic is back at the Brisbane International after overcoming doubts about her future in the game.
Linda Pearce An MRI scan has revealed tendon sheath damage to Sam Stosur's sore right wrist, but the Australian No.1 is still expected to be fit to complete her Australian Open preparation in Sydney next week.
Brisbane International 2016: Tomic beats Mahut to reach second round and retain hope for a top-16 Australian Open seeding
Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic moved one round closer to attaining his goal of a top 16 seeding at this month's Australian Open with a solid 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in his opening match at the...
Linda Pearce Sam Stosur will have an MRI scan on her sore right wrist on Wednesday, but remains optimistic that the Sydney-based second phase of her Australian Open preparation will not be compromised by the...
Linda Pearce It was a battle but Sam Stosur has got her Australian summer of tennis off to a winning start.
Linda Pearce Ajla Tomljanovic plays as an Australian-awaiting-citizenship at the grand slams and as a Croatian the rest of the time
Linda Pearce Simona Halep has learnt to say "hello, mate", in an amusingly broad Australian accent thanks to new coach Darren Cahill.
Linda Pearce Despite a declining world ranking, 31-year-old Sam Stosur could yet be an age-appropriate contender to add to her lone major from the 2011 US Open.
Brisbane International 2016: Federer's advice to Kyrgios and Tomic, twins, torment and other stories from a night on stage with Sharapova
Linda Pearce No names were mentioned; none were needed. The reformed version of the once sad and mad guy who was the young Roger Federer was on stage at the Brisbane Town Hall wearing a dapper navy suit, talking...
Linda Pearce Daria Gavrilova was not even ranked in the world's top 150 when renowned Australian coach David Taylor jokingly asked last January when she thought she would get to double figures.
Linda Pearce Roger Federer has brought a new coaching team member, Ivan Ljubicic, to oversee his title defence at the Brisbane International.
Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic is aware he is potentially playing for a top 16 Australian Open seeding at this week's Brisbane International, where the world No.
Linda Pearce When Thanasi Kokkinakis speaks of the "obstacles" he had to negotiate in his breakthrough season in the top 100, he means the death of his grandmother and his unwitting and unwelcome role in the...
Linda Pearce A look at the moments that shaped netball in 2015, and what lies ahead in 2016.
Linda Pearce Priscilla Hon knows she could play 21-time grand slam champion Serena Williams in the first round of next month's Australian Open.
Linda Pearce Some of the highs and lows from the year in tennis and a peek into what's coming up in 2016.
Linda Pearce Prominent netball nations Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa will contest the first in a regular series of tournaments from late 2016, as part of a new partnership called SANZEA.
Linda Pearce Arina Rodionova will request — actually, no, she says she will beg for — a 10am start for her Australian Open wildcard play-off semi-final, to ensure she can fulfil a rather more...
Linda Pearce A golf cart was needed to transport Jordan Thompson straight to an ice bath from the furnace of court six after his previous match at an Australian Open wildcard play-off - the 2014 finals ordeal...
Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic preferred to avert his eyes when his ranking began its spiral downwards during a shocking year.