Olympic champs on top at Moscow figure skating worlds
The reigning Olympic gold medalist scored 65.91 points for her performance to the music from the "Giselle" ballet, outdoing second-place Miki Ando of Japan by just a third of a point.
Ksenia Makarova of Russia earned 61.62 points to take third, while fellow countrywoman Aloyna Leonova is still in the hunt for a medal in fifth place.
Meanwhile, favorites Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada captured the short dance as the Vancouver Games winners finished with a score of 74.29.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White are close behind with a score of 73.76, while France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat are in third.
Russian dancers Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitry Soloviev and Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov were fifth and sixth, respectively.
The women’s free skate as well as the free dance are scheduled to take place on Saturday.