Julia Lipnitskaia, the 14-year old World Junior Champion from Russia, delivered a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, triple flip, and double Axel in her short program to Sabre Dance and she currently finds herself in first place at the Trophee Eric Bompard. The Lutz combination and Axel looked a bit short of rotation to me, but she avoided and under-rotation calls from the technical panel, only receiving an edge call on her Lutz. Personally, I find that any PCS score in the high 6 to 7 range is too high for the current state of Lipnitskaia's skating. She is good, but she still looks like a junior.
American champion Ashley Wagner is just barely behind Lipnitskaia after skating a clean short program to The Red Violin. While all of her elements received positive grades of execution, she elected to do the triple flip-double toe loop as her combination.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia is in third place. She had some trouble with her combination, but I felt like her program was much more complete than that of Lipnitskaia, and there is no way I would have marked her components below Julia's. She actually ended up as the lowest-scoring of the three Russian ladies as far as components went.
Mae-Berenice Meite delivered another solid performance in her home country, coming off a great Skate America showing. Her posture leaves a lot to be desired, but she seems much more comfortable with her movements this year. Since Yretha Silete is out for the season with injury, all hopes of earning more than one spot for Sochi will most likely rely on Meite's World placement.
Polina Korobeynikova got called for an under-rotated triple loop in an otherwise great performance. The judges really like her, and I agree that she has a great quality. She is coached by Viktoria Volchkova.
Christina Gao sits in seventh place. She has a second place finish in the Grand Prix series from Skate America, but will likely have to get up to the podium tomorrow in order to make the Final. She had troubles on her first triple toe, which usually is put in combination with a second triple toe.