Loena Hendrickx leads the women's event after winning the short programme at the ISU Grand Prix de France in Angers ©Getty Images

Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx leads the women’s event after winning the short programme on the opening day of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix de France in Angers.

The world silver medallist scored 72.75 points with a routine that included a triple flip, double Axel, triple Lutz-triple toe combination and two level-four spins.

Four Continents bronze medallist Yelim Kim of South Korea finished second with 68.93 points, with third place going to Mana Kawabe of Japan with a season’s best tally of 68.83 points.

In the men’s event, the short programme was won by Japan’s Sota Yamamoto, whose routine featured a quad toe-triple toe combination and triple Axel, as he finished with 92.42 points.

In second place is Four Continents silver medallist Kazuki Tomono of Japan with a season’s best of 89.46 points, with Adam Siao Him Fa of France in third with his own season’s best of 88 points.

In the pairs short programme Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Canada hold a narrow lead, after a routine which featured a big triple twist and a death spiral.

Despite Stellato-Dudek crashing on the throw triple loop the Skate America silver medallists still sit top of the standings with 64.33 points.

French husband and wife pair Pavel and Camille Kovalev sit second with 63.98 points, while Georgia’s Karina Safina and Luka Berulava are third on 61.55 points.

Finally in the rhythm dance Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy lead the standings, with the double European bronze medallists scoring 83.52 points for a routine featuring an impressive straight line lift.

In second are Canada’s Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen, with the double Grand Prix bronze medallists scoring 82.38, while Evgeniia Lopareva and Geoffrey Brissaud of France sit third with 73.17 points.

The women’s, men’s and pairs competitions are due to conclude tomorrow with the free skate, with the ice dance competition set to be decided by the free dance discipline.