Defending Olympic champion Kim Yu-na leads after the shortprogram, followed closely by Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova. Kim, who has been hampered by injuries since winning gold in Vancouver, was awarded 74.92 points, and Sotnikova received 74.64. Italy’s Carolina Kostner stood third with 74.12.
Gracie Gold, who won the U.S. championship last month, is fourth (68.63). Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia (65.23), considered a favorite after her strong performances during the team competition last week, is fifth after falling during one of her jumps.
The women’s free skate will take place Thursday.