The Japanese figure skater won with 148.35 points in the free skating and 225.70 on the sum of the two programs.
“It took me a lot of effort. Although I made a mistake on the flip and accelerated a bit, I was able to add a double jump to my triple rittberger.
It was very important for me to overcome myself and I’m glad I was able to accomplish that. Having weaknesses motivates me to work hard.
This season I have been able to start successfully at the Grand Prix stages and I hope to continue in the same way. Finishing first in all the events up to the finals will give me more confidence for the future,” Sakamoto said.