EVANS ABOVE Snooker star Reanne Evans SNUBS Mark Allen fist-bump offer as warring exes play out 3-2 thriller at the British Open
thescottishsun– SNOOKER star Reanne Evans SNUBBED ex Mark Allen’s offer of a fist-bump as they fought a thrilling game at the British Open.
The battle of the exes saw a meeting between the feuding former couple who had a daughter in 2006 but split two years later.
They went to court when Evans demanded more maintenance for their girl, now 14.
And eyebrows were raised when the pair, both 35, were drawn together at this year’s British Open.
Twelve-times women’s world champion Evans walked out first, punching the air and geeing up the crowd with former Masters champion Allen, sporting a mask, following well behind.
Allen then nervously offered a fist bump as the pair approached the table.
But he was left hanging as she shunned the attempt, turned her back and set about sending the cue ball down the table.
They then played out an intense five-frame match that went down to the very last break.
Evans had a chance to beat the World No 10, with a large lead while holding a 2-1 frame advantage, but Allen fought back and then nicked the final frame.
After conceding the final frame there was no exchange between them, as Evans headed straight to the changing rooms without acknowledging Allen.
Evans said: “I was told at the start no handshakes or anything because of Covid, so I was visualising starting the match and just went straight to the table.
“No one wanted that match but you have to accept it, it’s sport and these things are going to happen.”
She added: “I am sick of losing these deciders. I couldn’t feel my arms or my legs by the end, with all the nerves and tension. I did settle a bit after the first frame and fancied the job.”
And Allen said: “It was horrible, and not something I really want to be doing again. I tried to stay professional and I think I did that and can hold my head up high.
“Reanne played really well for two and a half frames. I’d rather not answer any questions about her refusing the fist-bump.
“I just wanted to get through this match for obvious reasons, but overall my form is good and hopefully I can take that on now.
In April, Northern Irish ace Allen asked Evans, working as a BBC pundit, to leave a room where he was practising at the World Championships.
Prior to the clash, a source said: “It’s the draw the fans want for added spice, but the one the authorities didn’t want because it’s so awkward.
“Players usually shake hands but no one is quite sure what will happen.”
Each player has previously vowed to behave professionally should they meet.
Mandy Fisher, of World Women’s Snooker, said of the battle of the exes match-up: “It will be compelling.”