Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia took the lead Friday in Moscow after the women's short program at the Rostelecom Cup, the last of six Grand Prix events before the final. 

Carolina Kostner of Italy, the 2012 world champion, is second.

American teammates Agnes Zawadzki and Mirai Nagasu were one-hundredth of a point apart at third and fourth, though well behind the two leaders. 

All managed three triples, but Lipnitskaia landed a lutz-toeloop combination while the others did two toeloops in the combos.