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Ronnie O'Sullivan knocked out of Northern Ireland Open by Kyren Wilson

Ronnie O'Sullivan has been knocked out of the Northern Ireland Open after Kyren Wilson secured a thrilling 4-3 victory on Thursday evening.

Englishman Wilson, meeting O'Sullivan for the first time in his career, marched into a 3-0 lead only for his countryman to level the last-16 encounter courtesy of three brilliant century breaks.

But Wilson held his nerve in the seventh and deciding frame to make a break of 70 and secure a surprise victory over O'Sullivan, the world number eight, and progress to the quarter-finals in Belfast.

"I was sat there at three-all and thinking I haven't done much wrong here," Wilson told Eurosport. "I was just glad I managed to bring the best out of him and that was a bit of a feather in my cap.

"You are the underdog against Ronnie, and you are expected to lose by everybody so I was on a win-win really.

"It is nice that I have only played Ronnie once and got the win. There are not many players that can say they have done that."

Wilson, 24, will now face Mark Williams in the last eight after the Welshman beat an in-form John Higgins earlier on Thursday.

Higgins, who recorded a maximum 147 break in Belfast on Wednesday , was on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat.

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