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Reanne Evans brutally snubbed ex-boyfriend Mark Allen's offer for a fist-bump prior to a snooker match being called 'the most intense' in history.
The pair were together for three years before breaking up in 2008 and also have a 14-year-old daughter.
It is the first time they've ever faced off in professional competition and there are still hard feelings.
Prior to the British Open first-round clash, Allen approached Evans for a touch of hands which she rejected to the crowd's shock.
Good God. Mark Allen vs Reanne Evans. There’s the morning headline... pic.twitter.com/x8PpqG7i8M— Joe Gibney (@joegibney15) August 16, 2021
That wasn't the end of the drama, however. It actually turned into a thrilling contest.
It was a best-of-five game and 12-time women's champion Evans led 2-1 at one point.
She was just one red away from becoming the first woman to beat a man in a televised snooker event.
Allen turned it around and cameras even caught Evans rolling her eyes at one specific pot.
Snooker vs Love Island and it’s deffo 1-0 to the snooker. pic.twitter.com/5cpVdoiYTH— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) August 16, 2021
He went on to secure a 3-2 win and advance to the next round.
While it was a great spectacle for the cameras, the bitterness between the two reportedly stems from Evans wanting Allan to pay more in child maintenance.
The 35-year-old is said to have been paying £100-per-month despite amassing career earnings of nearly £3.5 million.
Speaking inside the Morningside Arena just after victory, Allen discussed how it felt facing his former partner.
Per Daily Mail the Northern Irishman said: "It was horrible. It was nothing I want to go through too often, but I had to remain as professional as possible.
"I can hold my head high. I treated it like any other match and showed respect where respect was due. I thought Reanne played well. She was unlucky in frame four and at that point she would have deserved to win. She played much better than me."
Reanne Evans when Mark Allen goes in for the handshake… pic.twitter.com/HPeHJJ37No— Live Snooker (@Livesnooker) August 16, 2021
Evans, meanwhile, explained: "I was told at the start no handshakes or anything. In my head, I had visualised the match and just went straight to the table.
"No one wanted that match but you have to respect the top players.
"I am absolutely gutted but I am really proud at the same time. Hopefully more girls and women start playing snooker and realise that they can do it as well."
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