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.

Tennis

Three Australians qualify for Wimbledon

Linda Pearce Australia's singles presence at Wimbledon has swelled to 11 with the qualifying successes of men's trio Sam Groth, Luke Saville and James Duckworth on the final day at Roehampton.

Tennis

Pat Cash tips Nick Kyrgios as future tennis star

On the rise: Australia's Nick Kyrgios is earning praise from legends of the game.

Linda Pearce Pat Cash rates blossoming teenager Nick Kyrgios as Australia's most talented prospect since dual grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, the 1987 Wimbledon champion also revealing that a recent...

Netball

Bianca Chatfield dreams of a Melbourne Vixens grand finale

Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield says the team is determined to make the most of its grand final opportunity.

Linda Pearce Bianca Chatfield is the only 2009 premiership team member still wearing the Vixens’ colours, and the sole foundation player remaining at the club she is proud to say she loves.

Netball

Melbourne Vixens into ANZ Championship grand final

Crunch: Vixens goal shooter Karyn Bailey under pressure against the Firebirds on Monday.

Linda Pearce Melbourne Vixens will host their second grand final in three years, the pre-season favourites and minor premiers having earned a direct passage into the ANZ Championship decider with a 52-47win over...

Netball

Vixens raise spirits again to take on Firebirds in semi-final

Melbourne Vixens can earn a home grand final if they win on Monday night.

Linda Pearce After the debriefing that followed the shock final-round loss to the Southern Steel that, for 27 hours, seemed like it would cost the Melbourne Vixens top place on the ladder and a home semi-final,...

Netball

Old teammates Simone McKinnis and Roselee Jencke seek edge in the Victorian way

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis.

Linda Pearce As the brilliant, mercurial goal-turned-wing defence who combined so successfully with long-time Melbourne, Victorian and Australian teammate Roselee Jencke during the 1980s and 90s, Simone McKinnis...

Netball

Irene van Dyk calls time on international career as the Melbourne Vixens move on

''I have always said I would step down when I felt the timing was right

Linda Pearce On the eve of the first ANZ Championship finals series not to involve Irene van Dyk, the New Zealand shooting marvel has announced her retirement from international netball, ending the...

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Tennis

Sam Stosur trying to solve a problem named Maria

Going up: Sam Stosur during her straight sets win over Dominika Cibulkova that took her into the final 16.

Linda Pearce Digging deeply into her reserves of optimism, Sam Stosur noted wryly that, well, at least none of her 13 losses from 15 attempts against Maria Sharapova have come at Roland Garros.

Tennis

Paris postcard from 12-year-old future tennis ace

Olivia Gadecki at the Eiffel Tower.

Linda Pearce Not everyone can be a Martina Hingis, the Swiss prodigy who was winning junior grand slam titles at the age of 12 and her first senior Australian Open at 16.

Tennis

Sam Stosur through to French Open fourth round

Advanced: Samantha Stosur is through to third round.

Linda Pearce, Paris So much is about the match-up, and this one suits Sam Stosur so marvellously well. Her fifth straight career win against diminutive Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova has propelled the...

Tennis

Grass not complete answer for Tomic, says Eagle

Channel crossing: Bernard Tomic is happy to leave Paris for British grass.

Linda Pearce As much as Bernard Tomic may expect the welcome shift from clay to grass to instantly transform his difficult season, Davis Cup coach Josh Eagle has warned the world No.

French Open: Garbine Muguruza beats Serena Williams at the French Open

Linda Pearce Garbine Muguruza, at just 20, has two ardent suitors, and a choice she is determined to make by season's end. Who to play for? Her birthplace (Venezuela), or her adopted homeland (Spain)?

French Open Tennis

Sam Stosur's French Open optimism against Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova

Sam Stosur.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur cannot let Dominika Cibulkova play the way she likes to, and Cibulkova knows she cannot allow Stosur to play the way she has.

Tennis

Is Sam Stosur a French Open smokey?

Australia's Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Linda Pearce Sam Stosur has done what she usually does: reach the third round of the French Open.

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Tennis

French Open loses Williams sisters in second round

It has been almost three years since both Williams lost on the same day.

Linda Pearce The anticipation for an all-Williams third round will go wanting as both sisters are defeated on the same day.

Tennis

Marinko Matosevic celebrates drought-breaking French Open win

Marinko Matosevic returns to Dustin Brown of Germany.

Linda Pearce Marinko Matosevic's five-year, 12-match yearning for a maiden grand slam victory has ended and the celebration was worth the wait.

French Open: Bernard Tomic reveals loves and loathes at the French Open

Bernard Tomic.

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic admires Paris, but despises the French Open, where he lost, as usual, in the first round.

Tennis

Bernard Tomic's controversial French Open exit

Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic's grand slam return lasts just 97 minutes, ended by 12th seed Richard Gasquet.

Tennis

Lleyton Hewitt out in first round of French Open

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt beaten in the first round of the French Open by Argentinian claycourter Carlos Berlocq.

Tennis

Li Na out of French Open in first round

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Tearful world No.103 Kristina Mladenovic beats Li Na 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in just over two hours.