Ronnie O’Sullivan was beaten by Matthew Stevens at the English Open (Picture: Getty)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been knocked out of the English Open after losing 4-1 to Matthew Stevens in the third round.

Stevens made breaks of 58, 73 and 116 to punish an uncharacteristically wasteful O’Sullivan and progress to the last-16.

The 43-year-old, who will Jak Jones in the next round, said: ‘I hit the ball nice and started well. I think you have to against Ronnie otherwise he puts you on the back foot.

‘The key to beating him is you have to put him under pressure and he missed one or two.

‘He does that to his opponents and I thought if I can get out the blocks I have nothing to lose and I hit the ball well.

‘I’ve changed my tip and that seems to have helped. I’ve been practising hard and well so I felt good. But I’m not getting carried away.’

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