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Alex Ferguson says Rafa Benitez should stand in front of him to shake hand

Rafa wants to shake my hand Well, he should stand in front of me next time! Fergie stokes new row with Chelsea boss

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Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

13:40 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 16 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has re-opened his feud with Rafael Benitez over their handshake row.

The pair, who have a history of fall-outs, didn't shake hands before their FA Cup clash at Manchester United on Sunday.

Benitez later claimed that Ferguson ignored him prior to kick-off in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

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Clash: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Sunday

Clash: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Sunday

Hitting back: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) at the Cheltenham Festival with Paul Nicholls this week

Hitting back: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) at the Cheltenham Festival with Paul Nicholls this week

But Ferguson has now hit back, insisting that he did not refuse – before giving them Chelsea boss some advice.

He said: 'It is nonsense. Why would I refuse to shake his hand

'I was signing autographs and I never saw him. Why he has said that I have no idea.

Pointing the way: Benitez takes charge of Chelsea's training session on Friday

Pointing the way: Benitez takes charge of Chelsea's training session on Friday

'If he wanted to shake hands he could have stood straight in front of me. It is absolute nonsense.'

Ferguson and Benitez have had several run-ins in the Barclays Premier League – dating back to their United v Liverpool clashes.

The Spaniard famously held a press conference in 2009 where he ran down a list of 'facts' attacking Ferguson's record.

VIDEO “I didn't see him.” Fergie denies Benitez handshake claim

Absolute NONSENSE. Fergie rubbishes Benitez handshake claim

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Alex Ferguson on Rio and Reading

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Lennon and Conte come to blows Celtic Juventus

And tonight's main event…Wrestlemania II! After first leg farce, Celtic and Juve get set for another royal rumble in Turin

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Mick McManus (right)

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WHo's the Daddy Wrestler Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) poses up with some fans in the 1970s

'Before the ball’s kicked, he’s not doing anything. He’s entitled to stand where he likes. So he’s talking nonsense.

'We were getting hauled back and the referee is looking straight at it.

'Are the rules different in Spain and Italy to what they are in Britain On that showing they must be.'

Striker Georgios Samaras echoed Lennon's words, saying he hopes the referee in the second leg can deal with the antics better.

'It wasn't fair, I think everybody saw that,' said Samaras, who missed the first leg. 'It is how they defend set-pieces, like most Italian teams.

'Hopefully, the referee will have his eyes more open tomorrow and see clearly what's going on and it can be a fair game.'

With his side being three goals ahead in the tie, Juventus boss Conte is likely to leave out defender Giorgio Chiellini who made his return from injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Friday night after for nearly three months.

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte argues during the match against Genoa in their Serie A match in Turin

Verbals: Both Lennon and Conte have locked horns in the last few weeks, with different perceptions on events in the first leg at Celtic Park, which Juventus won 3-0

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Pride of Leeds: WWF Wrestler The British Bulldog

Martin Caceres and Nicolas Anelka (both back) are also a doubt, while Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) are all long-term injuries.

Celtic need a miracle, and were boosted by Georgios Samaras returning during the 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in the SPL last Wednesday.

However, Scott Brown's ongoing abductor problems will force him to miss the trip. Swedish fullback Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out. Lennon hopes Charlie Mulgrew can feature at some stage after injury.

‘Charlie’s all right,’ said Lennon. ‘He trained yesterday but that was his first proper training session, so it might be a bit much to stick him in straight away. We’ll see how he is.’

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Wilfired Zaha and Raheem Sterling must be committed to England, says Roy Hodgson

Commit to England cause or it's on your bike, says Hodgson as Three Lions boss issues fierce warning to Zaha and Sterling

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UPDATED:

23:08 GMT, 13 November 2012

Roy Hodgson has warned Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha that unless they commit to England he will pick players who are prepared to ‘cycle to training’ with senior stars.

Hodgson revealed here that he will hand international debuts to Sterling, Steven Caulker and Leon Osman against Sweden this evening, but he wants assurances from Sterling, Zaha and Carl Jenkinson that they see their future with his team.

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Centre of attention: England's Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

Centre of attention: Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

Plenty to ponder: Zaha must choose between representing England or the Ivory Coast

Plenty to ponder: Zaha must choose between representing England or the Ivory Coast

The England manager was in combative
mood on the eve of the match, insisting that the trio – all eligible to
play for other countries – should feel honoured to receive his call.

Zaha has said he is torn between
playing for England and Ivory Coast after receiving a telephone call
from Didier Drogba, while Sterling could play for Jamaica and Jenkinson
for Finland.

Debut delight: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling trains with the England squad on Tuesday

Debut delight: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling trains with the England squad on Tuesday

But Hodgson said: 'When people are
called up I expect them to come running, get on a bicycle and cycle to
the training session if they have to. Then they shake hands with
everyone and tell everyone how happy they are to be there.

'All this nonsense about players
receiving phone calls and being enticed away… if they are going to be
enticed away, they will be enticed away. But if they are being enticed
away they are not the right player for us.

In focus: Zaha trains alongside Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

In focus: Zaha trains alongside Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and, below, the boot he will wear against Sweden should he feature on Wednesday

Wilfried Zaha's boot

'To be asked to play for England is a major honour and a major feather in people's caps.

'I am not interested in people who
are deciding whether England is where they want to be or whether they
want to be somewhere else.

'I made it clear to Zaha that I am inviting him because I expect him to be an England player.

Training day: England's players are put through their paces ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Sweden

Training day: England's players are put through their paces ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Sweden

Grand opening: Wednesday's friendly takes place at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm

Grand opening: Wednesday's friendly takes place at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm

'If you are not sure you want to be an England player then you are better off telling me and I will pick someone else.

'We don't stand or fall on you. We
have chosen you because we think you are a good one. 'If our national
team and the chance to play for them is not a strong enough motivation
for players, they are not the type we want anyway.

Waiting game: Carl Jenkinson (far R) is awaiting international clearance, England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed

Waiting game: Jenkinson is awaiting international clearance, England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed

'I have spoken to Sterling and Zaha.
Both have assured me that they have started with England and that's
where they want to end up. Let's wait and see.'

England's clash with Sweden is
classified by FIFA as a non-competitive fixture and therefore a player
will not be tied to the Three Lions if they make their debut on
Wednesday night.

Good to talk: Hodgson is looking forward to Wednesday's clash in Stockholm

Good to talk: Hodgson is looking forward to Wednesday's clash in Stockholm

That applies to Liverpool winger
Sterling but Zaha, the Crystal Palace star who was called into the squad
on Sunday, and Arsenal defender Jenkinson, who is expected to receive
international clearance this morning, could also feature.

Jenkinson's team-mate Jack Wilshere
will be on the bench but the midfielder could play a part despite just
226 minutes for Arsene Wenger's side after a 17-month layoff.

Hodgson added: 'It is ridiculous to suggest Jack is not available for England and Arsene understands that too.'

VIDEO: Hodgson talks about his team selection and praises Gerrard

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Frank Maloney dismisses Andrew Flintoff"s boxing debut as a "stunt"

Maloney accuses Flintoff of TV stunt saying bout will 'shame fight game'

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 5 November 2012

Andrew Flintoff posed for photos with a real heavyweight on Monday but then left the media conference when he learned that his attempt to become a boxer was about to be ridiculed.

The former England cricket captain was pictured with David Price, the British champion and world-title contender, as part of his build-up for a professional debut in the ring.

But Price’s promoter, Frank Maloney, poured scorn on what he described as a ‘stunt which should never be allowed to happen’.

Not boxing clever: Flintoff will just be a punch bag, says Frank Maloney

Not boxing clever: Flintoff will just be a punch bag, says Frank Maloney

Maloney went on: ‘Giving Flintoff a professional licence with no experience of boxing is a joke. It gives our sport a bad name.’

Price and Flintoff appear on separate bills in the north of England on the same night, November 30. Price defends his British and Commonwealth titles against Matt Skelton at Aintree. Flintoff makes his bow in Manchester as the climax of a TV reality show.

Flintoff is being trained by Irish legend Barry McGuigan, who insists it is a serious exercise but Maloney says: ‘They asked if we could be on the same bill but I would never be involved in promoting something like this. This is nonsense but in our sport it’s dangerous nonsense.

Behind the ropes: Flintoff has been training to be a professional boxer

Behind the ropes: Flintoff has been training to be a professional boxer

‘Olympic rower James Cracknell did something similar, went into a pro heavyweight fight and was knocked out in seconds. They haven’t named an opponent for Flintoff yet but even if they find some guy who’s lost his first four pro fights, he will still be in against someone with amateur experience. It will be a terrible shock when he gets hit on the chin by a heavyweight.’

Both the November 30 bouts are to be screened live on BoxNation but Maloney is insisting that Price goes on air first, saying: ‘If the evening starts with Flintoff’s fiasco the viewers would be switching off.’

The real deal: Frank Maloney (centre) promotes the David Price and Matt Skelton fight which is on the same night as Flintoff's debut

The real deal: Frank Maloney (centre) promotes the David Price and Matt Skelton fight which is on the same night as Flintoff's debut

Flintoff was due to share the media podium with Price and Maloney but left quickly with McGuigan when he sensed the mood.

Maloney was also deeply critical of the British Boxing Board of Control, saying: ‘It is a disgrace they have given Flintoff a licence. I told the chairman, Charles Giles, that he should be sacked for approving this scandal.’

Price expects to come through a tough physical test against the aging fitness-fanatic Skelton and move closer to a world heavyweight title shot against one of the Klitschko brothers in autumn next year.

Luis Suarez is a cheat, says Laurent Koscielny

Suarez is a cheat! Arsenal defender Koscielny lays into Liverpool striker

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 15 October 2012

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has branded Luis Suarez a cheat.

Suarez has been criticised for his antics on the pitch since joining Liverpool and Stoke boss Tony Pulis took aim at the Uruguayan after a goalless draw at Anfield earlier this month.

Going down: Luis Suarez (centre) has been slated for diving

Going down: Luis Suarez (centre) has been slated for diving

The Reds striker tried to win a
penalty by going to ground too easily and FIFA vice president Jim Boyce
was also quick to condemn him.

Now Koscielny has weighed in, telling French sports paper L'Equipe, 'Who is the forward I hate to face Suarez.

'Last season I didn't feel too well. It was a match at 12.30 and I don't like that schedule.

'He is tiresome to defend against. He cheats. He pulls your shirt, giving small blows.

No nonsense: Laurent Koscielny (right) accused Suarez of cheating

No nonsense: Laurent Koscielny (right) accused Suarez of cheating

'You always want to give him a kick but you have to be careful not to be red carded.

'For example on September 2 against Liverpool, it was the case with Luis Suarez.

'He is a player who likes to dive as soon as there is contact. During a challenge we jostled a bit with each other and he fell.

'He started to talk to me in English, to say it was a penalty.'

World Twenty20 2012: Pakistan cruise into Super Eights

Pakistan cruise into Super Eights with victory over Bangladesh by eight wickets

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17:50 GMT, 25 September 2012

Imran Nazir powered Pakistan as they became the final team to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

Pakistan could afford to be defeated by 35 runs or fewer to make it through to the next stage, and knock out their opponents, in Tuesday night's last Group D match at Pallekele.

There were perhaps some doubts when Bangladesh piled up 175 for six, and Pakistan therefore had to make a minimum 140 to progress on run rate – even in defeat.

Job done: Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal embrace after securing victory for Pakistan

Job done: Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal embrace after securing victory for Pakistan

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But Nazir (72) made a nonsense of those concerns, with the fastest half-century in this tournament – from just 25 balls.

Bangladesh, without a win against Pakistan in any format since their shock 1999 World Cup success, appeared to have been given a chance by Shakib Al Hasan's boundary-laden 84.

But on a batsman's pitch, Bangladesh's attempted defence of their useful total began badly as Abul Hasan put Nazir down at mid-on off Shafiul Islam when the opener had just one run to his name in the second over.

It proved to be an especially costly missed chance, Nazir eventually banking nine fours and three sixes.

Fine knock: Nazir scored 72 runs

Fine knock: Nazir scored 72 runs

Fine knock: Nazir scored 72 runs

Captain Mohammad Hafeez batted in his first-wicket partner's slipstream in a stand of 124, before both fell in the same over from Hasan.

Pakistan nonetheless completed their task with eight balls to spare.

Bangladesh earlier needed Shakib to carry their innings, after he had been part of a mix-up which saw their dangerman Tamim Iqbal run out towards the end of a powerplay containing 61 runs.

After Mushfiqur Rahim had perhaps surprisingly chosen to bat first, Tamim gave Bangladesh a promising start as Umar Gul suffered most – in one early over which cost 17.

Frustrated: Shakib had earlier scored 84 runs in vain for Bangladesh

Frustrated: Shakib had earlier scored 84 runs in vain for Bangladesh

Frustrated: Shakib had earlier scored 84 runs in vain for Bangladesh

But it was Shakib who ensured the innings had legs, hitting 11 fours and two sixes from just 54 balls.

He shared a stand of 68 for the third wicket with Mushfiqur, and departed only in the 20th over to Yasir Arafat (three for 25).

But it never looked likely to be enough, once Pakistan's batsmen got started.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert makes profit as stars flout phone ban

Villa boss Lambert rings up profit as stars flout phone ban

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UPDATED:

10:24 GMT, 22 September 2012

Paul Lambert's hard-line approach at Aston Villa is reaping cash rewards after several players ignored his ban on mobile phones.

The Scot has clamped down on the use of personal computers and phones at his Bodymoor Heath training base.

But it seems that some members of Villa's first team have not taken the rule seriously.

Hit in the pocket: Carruthers was fined for making a phone call

Hit in the pocket: Carruthers was fined for making a phone call

Samir Carruthers, who scored against Liverpool on his debut at Anfield last season, used Twitter to reveal he had been hit in the pocket.

Brandishing a fistful of notes, the 19-year-old playmaker wrote: '500 fine for a phone call. #paul lambert has me on toast #wallet heavy until tomorrow.'

No nonsense: Lambert has taken a hard-line approach

No nonsense: Lambert has taken a hard-line approach

When quizzed, Lambert said: 'Yes, that's right, he's been fined. No, I didn't text him to inform him he was getting it. But those are the rules and I'm not going to bend them for anyone.'

Asked if other players had erred, he joked: 'Let's put it like this, I won't go short of bread. So if you guys want a lunch – or five – with me that will be fine.'

Lambert heads to Southampton this afternoon on the back of Villa's encouraging 2-0 win over Swansea.

Like under-pressure home boss Nigel Adkins, the Scot managed back-to-back promotions with Norwich. City did not manage a victory in their first four matches last season and Lambert has a warning for the St Mary's decision-makers.

'I think it has been proven that if you give good people time, they will get it right. But if you make a knee-jerk reaction, then you will be back at square one again,' he said.

'I know where he is at. I got my head down and worked through it and I'm sure Nigel will do the same.'

Craig Levein: Scotland are not out of race to Brazil

Levein rubbishes suggestion Scotland are already struggling to reach Brazil

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UPDATED:

15:04 GMT, 10 September 2012

Craig Levein has described as 'nonsense' the notion that Scotland's 2014 World Cup qualification hopes are up for debate after one Group A game.

The consensus following Saturday's goalless draw against Serbia at Hampden was that while the result was not fatal, a hefty blow had been dealt to the Scots' hopes of reaching Brazil.

Consequently, pressure has been heaped on the Scotland boss ahead of Tuesday night's visit of Macedonia in a fixture widely believed to offer a another good chance to rack up three points.

Confident: Craig Levein believes Scotland have what it takes to qualify

Confident: Craig Levein believes Scotland have what it takes to qualify

However, Levein, who has called Craig Samson into his squad following concerns over No 1 keeper Allan McGregor and back-up Matt Gilks, moved to quash any suggestions that it is already win-or-bust for his side.

'It is nonsense to be talking about qualification or non-qualification just now,' he said.

'We still have 27 points to play for.

'We are very positive about what we are doing just now.

'It is interesting, if we win and other results go our way we could be top of the group and all of a sudden the point becomes important and who knows, come the end of the tournament it might be the one that makes all the difference.

'Maybe some people don't understand the quality of teams we are playing against.

'We did a lot of work on Serbia, we looked at their strengths and weaknesses and we knew we were in for a tough game on Saturday.

'Tonight, we will look at Macedonia and analyse how they play.

'We have to give them respect, if you look at their recent results they have performed exceptionally well and should have got a point against Croatia the other night.

Should have gone to Specsavers: Levein's glasses were called into question

Should have gone to Specsavers: Levein's glasses were called into question

'We have had our own troubles with Macedonia in the past so this will be a tough match for us, a different type of game but I am looking forward to it.

'We have players who didn't hit peak form at the weekend and they are determined to put that right on Tuesday night.'

Levein, speaking at Scotland's Mar Hall training base on the outskirts of Glasgow, joked about the less than complimentary reaction in the media to the new tinted glasses he was wearing in the technical area at the weekend, saying: 'More than anything else, what has really annoyed me in the last couple of days has been self-acclaimed experts – I mean what do they know about glasses'

However, the former Hearts and Dundee United boss was serious when flagging up the media negativity following Saturday's result.

'I have been a little bit annoyed at the hysterical reaction,' he said.

'We have played one game and we can go top of the group tomorrow night if things go our way.

'I was reasonably pleased with Saturday. What is important to me is that there is an overwhelming feeling of positivity about our national team.

Missed chance: Scotland striker Kenny Miller fluffed his lines against Serbia

Missed chance: Scotland striker Kenny Miller fluffed his lines against Serbia

'Going on to that pitch and having the whole stadium behind you, everyone in the press behind you and everyone is contributing towards us going to Brazil, I think that is really important.

'If the press, players and supporters are all working together to help us qualify then it is so much easier.'

Levein claimed that he had not yet settled on a team for Tuesday and hinted that he will resist the clamour to hand a start to Jordan Rhodes.

The Tartan Army were calling for the 22-year-old Blackburn forward to come on long before he eventually replaced Kenny Miller with around 10 minutes remaining.

Levein admitted that he could understand the frustration of the fans but appeared to dampen down any expectation that Rhodes, who earned his 8million move to Ewood Park after a 40-goal season for Huddersfield last season, will lead the line.

'Jordan Rhodes, in time, will be a fantastic striker for Scotland, he will be a hugely valuable player for us,' he said.

Close: Steven Naismith (right) had Scotland's best chance at Hampden

Close: Steven Naismith (right) had Scotland's best chance at Hampden

'But my job is to try to pick the best team for every situation and you have to understand, while Jordan scored a lot of goals in League One, he hasn't even really begun his career in the Championship in England.

'I have guys here who are Premiership players, who are experienced and have been involved in these types of occasions before.

'So I have to have some degree of calmness in this and not get caught up in everything.'

Levein assessed his three injury doubts and confirmed St Mirren keeper Samson had joined up with the squad.

He said: 'Charlie Adam has a wee problem, Matt Gilks picked up a problem in training yesterday and Allan McGregor has the same thing (groin complaint) but nowhere near as bad as he was. I am hopeful that all three will make it.'

Asked if the Besiktas keeper would require an injection to play, Levein said: 'I don't think so and I don't think it is something that we would do, that's more for his club to undertake.'

Wayne Rooney dismisss talk of leaving Manchester United

I'm going nowhere, insists Rooney as crocked striker dismisses talk of leaving United

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UPDATED:

19:10 GMT, 29 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Wayne Rooney has dismissed speculation he is leaving Manchester United.

With the transfer window due to close on Friday, reports have suggested Rooney's future lies away from Old Trafford.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already insisted the England striker, currently out of action with a leg injury sustained in Saturday's defeat of Fulham, remains in his plans.

And Rooney himself said via his Twitter account on Wednesday night: 'Read the nonsense in the papers and heard what people have to say. absolute rubbish heretostay.'

However, the striker's chances of figuring in Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Southampton appear non-existent because of the injury – and it seems inevitable he will also miss England's opening World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month.

Thumbs up: Wayne Rooney smiles as he shows off his bandaged leg

Thumbs up: Wayne Rooney smiles as he shows off his bandaged leg

Ouch: Wayne Rooney suffered a deep gash to his right leg and had to go to hospital

Ouch: Wayne Rooney suffered a deep gash to his right leg and had to go to hospital

US Open 2012: Johanna Konta beats Timea Babos 62, 7-5

Johanna's on the rise for Britain as she sees off Babos to make second round

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UPDATED:

23:26 GMT, 28 August 2012

Johanna Konta is British tennis's newest recruit but there were no signs of her adopting any of the weaknesses associated with the home game on Tuesday when she fought her way into the second round of the US Open.

Having come through the qualifying event she made a nonsense of a near 150-place ranking deficit to oust world No 59 Timea Babos of Hungary 6-2, 7-5 and secure her first victory in a full Grand Slam draw.

In searing heat at Flushing Meadows the 21 year-old, ranked 203 but now destined for the top 150 at least, refused to give up at 5-1 down in the second and ended up rattling off the last six games.

Winning feeling: Johanna Konta celebrates as she beats Timea Babos

Winning feeling: Johanna Konta celebrates as she beats Timea Babos

Konta, born in Sydney to Hungarian parents, joined the British ranks in May, gaining citizenship in the country she has called home for most of the time from her early teenage years onwards.

Ironically her opponent has the same heritage and considered trying to become British during her several years being based at Welwyn Garden City before deciding to go home to her native country.

She will have known the danger posed by Konta, who is physically strong with a solid baseline game and an excellent work ethic, all in all looking the part of a modern touring professional.

Progressing: Konta is into the next round

Progressing: Konta is into the next round

In a marathon game at 3-5 in the second she saved ten set points. She showed similar determination at Wimbledon this summer before just losing her first round to the highly-rated Christina McHale.

Anne Keothavong had a contrasting first round experience, detaining number six seed Angelique Kerber of Germany for just 54 minutes while going down 6-2 6-0. The world number 81 now has a large haul of points to defend for the rest of this year if she is to be able to compete in the Grand Slams next year.