Fumie Suguri of Japan finished first in the ladies short program at the Grand Prix Cup of Russia on Friday in Moscow.
Suguri finished with 58.30 points. The veteran skater finished second at Skate Canada earlier this month and is on the comeback trail after missing out on qualifying for the world championships the past two seasons.
Two-time European champion Carolina Kostner of Italy was second with 57.02 points. Rachael Flatt of the United States had 55.92 points to place third.
Flatt, 16, is in her first season on the senior circuit. She finished fourth at Skate America last month.
Suguri nailed all her jumps, with the only flaw a bit of apparent hesitation before her triple flip. She took fewer risks than Kostner, who put a hand down on the second jump, then fell on a triple lutz.
CBCSports.ca will be streaming live the free skate programs at the competition on Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET. The Cup of Russia is the fifth of six Grand Prix events for the season.
Defending world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin led the ice dancing field after the compulsory dance on Friday with 38.77 points, 2.58 ahead of compatriots Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States were third with 35.77 points.
Allie Hann-McCurdy of Nanaimo, B.C., and Michael Coreno of Delhi, Ont., were ninth.
Edmonton's Vaughn Chipeur had a disappointing short program and stands 10th out of 12 skaters. Chipeur, 23, finished fifth at the Cup of China earlier in the circuit.
Former world champion Brian Joubert of France leads with 86.1 points, followed by defending European champion Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic with 73.2 points.
American Adam Rippon, the world junior champion last season, was third with 71.62 points.
The Canadian pairs entries were sixth and seventh. Monica Pisotta and Michael Stewart, last year's Canadian junior champs, finished just ahead of Amanda Velenosi and Mark Fernandez of Laval and Montreal, respectively.
Pisotta is from Barrie, Ont., while Stewart is a Mississauga, Ont., native.
World champions Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang of China lead with 67.06 points. Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov of Russia have 58.76 points, with Tatiana Volosozhar and partner Stanislav Morozov of Ukraine third at 58.34 points.