Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova holds the lead after the qualification round in the exercises with the ball at the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku (17.6 points).
Belarusian gymnast Alina Garnasko was second with 17.55 points. The third-fourth place was shared by Neviana Vladinova (Bulgaria) and Arina Averina (Russia), who scored 17.1 points each.
Ana Luiza Filiorianu (Romania, 16.7 points), Victoria Veinberg Filanovsky (Israel, 16.65 points), Natela Bolataeva (Georgia, 16.05 points) and Ksenia Mustafayeva (France, 16.05 points) were also qualified for the finals.
The FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup will be held in Baku on April 28-30. Participation of 94 gymnasts from 21 countries is expected in the event, 37 of them will perform in the individual program, while 57 gymnasts will take part within the teams of group exercises. Athletes will compete for 8 medal sets.