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 Victoria Azarenka defended her Australian Open title at Melbourne Park on Saturday night, but not before the drama that preceded the final spilled over into the match itself.
Linda Pearce A new mentor has helped the Chinese star become a formidable figure on centre court, writes Linda Pearce.
Linda Pearce THE technical improvement in Li Na's tennis has been with her serve and forehand; the bigger change in China's most famous sportswoman is a happy combination of heart, legs and mind.
Linda Pearce World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has returned to Australia illuminated by the spotlight that comes with being the reigning Australian Open champion, but she insists her approach to this year’s tournament...
Linda Pearce, Brisbane World No. 1 is back with an approach she insists will be no different from last year.
Linda Pearce, Brisbane Jarmila Gajdosova leaves in a flurry of errors, the last Australian woman to exit main draw.
Linda Pearce IF JARMILA GAJDOSOVA was considered lucky to avoid a second-round meeting with injured world No. 2 Maria Sharapova at the Brisbane International, and instead play replacement Lesia Tsurenko, the...
Linda Pearce Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was close to claiming top billing in the world a year ago, but she is content to be heading into 2013 as world No. 8.
Linda Pearce AN OVERZEALOUS pedicurist has been fingered for disrupting the Australian Open preparation of defending champion Victoria Azarenka, who withdrew from Friday night's Brisbane International semi-final...
Linda Pearce A bad pedicure has been fingered for disrupting the Australian Open preparation of defending champion Victoria Azarenka.
Linda Pearce The lead-up to the Australian Open has been notable for those who have been absent.
Linda Pearce Interactive: The tournaments, players and moments to watch this season.
Linda Pearce Serena Williams makes jokes about arthritis these days, about the good-time girl who has become so staid that she often fancies a nanna nap, and so dull that sometimes she even bores herself.
Linda Pearce SERENA Williams makes jokes about arthritis these days, about the good-time girl who has become so staid that she often fancies a nanna nap, and so dull that sometimes she even bores herself.
Linda Pearce This is not another story about Samantha Stosur's miserable start to summer, or her performance anxiety at home, or her failure to reach a quarter-final at Melbourne Park.
Linda Pearce Australia's US Open winner is yet to bring her best game to Melbourne.
Linda Pearce Tournament director Craig Tiley flags record first-round losers' cheque.
Linda Pearce AUSTRALIAN OPEN tournament director Craig Tiley has flagged a record first-round losers' cheque of at least $27,000 - a rise of almost 30 per cent - at next month's grand slam, as the distribution...
Linda Pearce While Sam Stosur's dip from world No. 6 to the outer reaches of the top 10 in the past 12 months has cost her a place in this week's year-end WTA Championships, the Australian has a final prizemoney...
Linda Pearce in Istanbul Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have both welcomed the Australian Open's unprecedented $4 million prizemoney rise for 2013, while warning that the benefits of the strident ATP-driven campaign for...