Mao Asada is ahead by a thin margin over U.S. champion Ashley Wagner.
Scheherazade - Asada attempted her trademark triple axel. But it was underrotated and two-footed. The rest of her program was clean, including a triple flip-double loop and a solo triple loop.
She pulled out a triple flip-triple toe, with a slight two-foot on the landing of the second jump. But her strong technical elements and high program component marks kept her in contention with Asada.
She skated a clean short program that included a triple toe-triple toe combination to put her in third position.