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Reanne Evans Brutally Snubbed Ex-Boyfriend Mark Allen Before 'Most Intense' Match In Snooker History

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Reanne Evans Brutally Snubbed Ex-Boyfriend Mark Allen Before 'Most Intense' Match In Snooker History

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.

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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.

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Allen turned it around and cameras even caught Evans rolling her eyes at one specific pot.

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.

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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."

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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."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Snooker

Daniel Marland
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