World Junior silver medalist Anna Shcherbakova of Russia shone in the Ladies' Short Program as Shiseido Cup of China continued Friday in Chongqing. Japan’s Two-time World medalist Satoko Miyahara finished second followed by Amber Glenn (USA).
World Junior silver medalist Shcherbakova posted a personal best at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
Performing to 'The Perfume' soundtrack, Shcherbakova nailed a double Axel, triple flip as well as a triple Lutz-triple loop combination in the second half of the program. The 15-year-old collected a level four for her spins to achieve a new personal best of 73.51 points.
"The performance was good, I did all my jumps and elements, but I want more quality for all my elements,” the World Junior silver medalist commented.
"It was better (than at Skate America), because I did all elements clean. After Skate America we worked a lot on the short program, on the jumps and step sequence. But my main goal is the free skating tomorrow,” she added.
Miyahara’s 'Egyptian Disco' program featured a double Axel as well as exquisite spins and footwork. However, the 2015 World silver medalist under-rotated the back end of her triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination and the triple loop. She scored 68.91 points.
"It was not my best, but I enjoyed skating. I wanted to challenge a new style (in the short program) and it is still a tough program for me. I need to work on the step sequence and the last part of the program. But the dancing part is really fun for me,” the 2018 World bronze medalist noted.
Satoko Miyahara's 'Egyptian Disco' program featured exquisite spins and footwork at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
Glenn landed a triple flip-triple toe combination, triple loop and double Axel in her routine to 'Scars' by Madilyn Bailey to score 67.69 points, a personal best.
“I felt I had a pretty good skate considering I found out five days before I was leaving I was coming here. I had a great time, I felt really good out there. It’s a great opportunity,” the American skater, who had come in as a late replacement, said.
Amber Glenn (USA) in her routine to 'Scars' by Madilyn Bailey reached a personal best at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China ©International Skating Union (ISU)
2015 World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) fell on her triple Axel to finish fourth on 65.57 points. 2019 European Champion Sofia Samodurova (RUS) is currently ranked fifth while Marin Honda (JPN) placed sixth on 61.73 points.
Overall, 60 skaters/couples representing 11 ISU members compete at Shiseido Cup of China November 8-10. The top 6 qualifiers of the Grand Prix series in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Torino (ITA), December 5 to 8, 2019. Full entry lists, results, the General Announcement of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series are available on isu.org.
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