Asada performs Nocturne to lead ladies in Tokyo

Mao Asada performing short program at 2013 NHK Trophy

A two-time World champion Mao Asada took the lead in ladies event at 2013 NHK Trophy. Her teammate Akiko Suzuki is second and Russia’s Elena Radionova finished third.

Mao Asada performed a little bit shaky triple Axel in her short program to a Nocturne by Frederic Chopin and went on to complete a triple flip, triple loop-double loop combination as well as level four spins and footwork. She totaled scored 71.26 points.

“I really focused to skate like in practice and I think I improved from Skate America. After Skate America, I was able to work on my transitions and spins.” Asada told media.

Performing to “Hymne à l’amour”, Akiko Suzuki landed a triple toe-double toe combination, a double Axel and picked up level fours for her spins and the step sequence. The 2012 World bronze medalist earned a season’s best with 66.03 points.

“My toe loop (combo) and my flip were not so clean, but I am happy with my interpretation. This is my third competition and also I controlled my nervousness, I still worried about my jumps and I think that was reflected in the performance today.” Suzuki said.

Russia’s Elena Radionova touched down on her opening triple Lutz, but rallied back to nail a triple loop-triple toe combination, a double Axel and excellent spins, showing a great fighting spirit. The reigning World Junior Champion picked up 62.83 points.

“Overall I’m pretty pleased with my performance, although not everything worked out today as planned. In the second Grand Prix you have more responsibility; there is more tension as you have a chance to get to the Final.” Russian skater noted.

American Gracie Gold is currently in fourth place with 62.83 points, same points with Radionova, but Radionova’s higher technical score broke the tie.

Photo: Zimbio

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