In Semifinals, Unseeded Shlok failed to keep the momentum going as he suffered a 1-4 (5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 4-11) loss against Chaudhury Bodhisatwa of Bengal-A.
Shlok started his campaign by winning the qualifying rounds and then defeating Anindya Halder (NCOE) 3-1 (8-11, 11-2, 12-10, 12-10) in the First round of the Main Draw. In the 2nd Round, Shlok caused a major upset by overcoming India Ranked 7th Shankhadip Das of Bengal A 3-1 (11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7).
In the Pre-quarters, the Surti paddler defeated 10th Seed Srikanth Kashyap P V of Karnataka 3-1 (11-7, 11-5, 14-16, 11-7). In quarters, Shlok won the marathon match against Punit Biswas of (Bengal – B) 4-3 (11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7).
“A big congratulations to Shlok, he came out with an impressive performance at the Junior National Championships which should give him the much needed confidence, we hope to see him perform well for gujarat in the upcoming season” GSTTA president Vipul Mittra, IAS, said.