ITTF Challenge Thailand Open 2018: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty Bag Silver Medal
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty settled for a silver in the finals of 2018 Challenge Thailand Open (Photo Credits: Twitter/ Sathiyan Gnanasekaran)

New Delhi, May 21: Top-ranked Indian doubles pair of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty settled for a silver after going down against Tobias Hippler and Kilian Ort of Germany (1-3) in the finals of 2018 Challenge Thailand Open. In the finals on Sunday night, the Indian duo won the first game 11-9 but fell short in the next three games, losing 12-14, 9-11, 7-11.

Earlier, Sathiyan and Sanil sailed through the opening rounds, first beating Japan 3-1 and then Malaysia 3-0 to storm into the semis. They later faced another Indian pair, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar, and narrowly won 3-2.

The table tennis team, led by captain Achanta Sharath Kamal had earlier tasted phenomenal success at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

India's highest-ranked table tennis star Sathiyan Gnanasekaran after finishing strongly at CWG 2018 had said about eyeing podium finishes at the upcoming Jakarta Asian Games and the 2020 Olympics.