Canada & # 39; s Lubov Ilyushechkina and Charlie Bilodeau are second after the couples short program at the Cup of China.
Chinese Sui Wenjing and reigning world champion Han Cong opened a 12-point lead over Canadians in the short program with a score of 80.90. Peng Cheng and Jin Yang from China are third at the Grand Prix event.
Ilyushechkina, from Toronto, and Bilodeau, from Trois-Pistoles, Que., Scored a personal best 68.98 points.
"We really like the feeling we've developed for this short program and it was pretty stable," Bilodeau said.
VIEW | Canada & # 39; s Ilyushechkina and Bilodeau in pairs short program:
Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen from Montreal are third after the short dance. Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsapalov are first, followed by Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates.
Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen are from third place on Skate America.
VIEW | Canadian couple Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen:
Fifteen-year-old Anna Shcherbakova from Russia took the lead in the short women's program and the Chinese Yan Han leads the men's event after a season's return.
Shcherbakova, looking for her second Grand Prix of the season after last month's victory over Skate America, landed a double axel and a triple lutz-triple loop combination for a personal best 73.51 points.
"The execution was good," said the Russian. "I have done all my jumps and elements, but I want more quality for all my elements."
VIEW | Russian teenager takes the lead in China:
Satoko Miyahara from Japan came in second with 68.91 points, while Amber Glenn from the United States came in third with 67.69 for Saturday's free skate.
Together with Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaia, Shcherbakova is one of three young Russian skaters who have moved to the next level this season. Together they have won all three Grand Prix events for women with a series of big jumps.
Yan scored 86.46 points to lead the men's short program in his first international competition since a sabbatical last season. Chinese teammate Jin Boyang earned 85.43 points for second place and Matteo Rizzo of Italy came in third with 81.72.
Keegan Brass from Sherwood Park, Alta., Is 5th and Conrad Orzel from Woodbridge, Ont., Is 10th.
VIEW | Keegan Messing in Canada in medal competition in short men's program:
That figure skating show
If you're looking for more coverage for figure skating, CBC Sports has put a fresh new twizzle on the Grand Prix season That figure skating show, hosted by former Canadian national team members Asher Hill and Olympian Dylan Moscovitch.
The two analyze each event with a fun approach where you become LOL. New episodes are on the Grand Prix every Sunday CBC Sports YouTube channel. View the latest episode on Skate Canada if you haven't already: