Japan's Hana Yoshida won her first figure skating Grand Prix title Saturday when she came from behind to win the Cup of China, while compatriot Shoma Uno was second in the men's competition.
Yoshida, who went into her free skate in third place, finished with 203.97 points, 0.75 ahead of compatriot Rinka Watanabe, when short program winner Loena Hendrickx of Belgium struggled with two of her combination jumps and slumped to third.
"Honestly, winning the championship had not been one of my goals (here)," Yoshida said. "I'm really surprised to have won. I still have a lot of issues to work out. I want to be able to produce even higher scores."
Skating as a senior for the first time this season, the 18-year-old Yoshida was fourth in her Grand Prix debut at the series-opening Skate America.
Uno was runner-up to France's Adam Siao Him Fa, who is undefeated in five competitions this season.
The Frenchman trailed by 14.04 points after the short program. Uno, however, fell on his opening quad loop while Siao Him Fa, the 2023 European champion, surpassed his career-best from last week's Grand Prix in France to defeat Uno 298.38 to 279.98.
Uno, however, was upbeat about his season debut.
"It was an extremely good performance," he said. "I didn't have any negative impressions at all. I think it turned out different than how everyone imagined it would, but that was due to my own lack of ability."