Asada withstands Suzuki's charge for NHK crown
Two-time world champ wins by 0.05 points; America's Nagasu bags bronze
|Despite winning two Grand Prix golds, Mao Asada still thinks she has more to work on. (Getty Images)|
Skating to Swan Lake, Asada produced a double Axel-triple toe combination, a triple flip and Level 4 spins and footwork, but doubled a few jumps. With 117.32 points, the two-time world champion finished second in the free skate but held on to first place with 185.27 points overall.
"Based on the result, I can go to the Grand Prix Final," Asada said. "That is good, but today in my programs, I didn't do many things that I had worked on and I am disappointed about that. At the Grand Prix Final, I would like to make sure not to repeat the same mistakes. There is not so much time, but I will prepare."
Suzuki pulled off a double Axel-triple toe as well as five more triple jumps and picked up a Level 4 for her spins in her routine to "O" from Cirque du Soleil.
The world bronze medalist won the free skate portion with a season's best score of 126.62 and moved up from fifth to second with 185.22 total points.
"I was able to put out everything I am capable of in the free skating today," the skater from Nagoya said. "However, the short program was felt in the result. Having gone through two Grand Prix events, there was a certain pattern to be observed: I do a disappointing short program and make up for it in the long program. This is not a good trend."
Nagasu landed four triples and earned a Level 4 for the combination and layback spin, but under-rotated two triple loops. The 19-year-old received 115.50 points and came in third with 176.68 points.
"I was happy to take part in this competition," Nagasu said. "Compared to the Cup of China, I felt I skated better and I also got a better score. Now, I have to go home and work hard for U.S. nationals."
Asada and Suzuki qualified for the Grand Prix Final. Nagasu is second substitute.
Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia placed sixth.