MERIBEL, France (AP) -- Swedish racer Frida Hansdotter posted the fastest time Saturday in the first run of a women's slalom race at the season-ending World Cup finals.
Hansdotter was 0.07 seconds than American Mikaela Shiffrin and 0.56 ahead of Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova.
Slovenia Tina Maze, who is vying with Austria's Anna Fenninger for the overall World Cup title, was 0.61 behind in fourth, ahead of the second run later Saturday.
Fenninger holds a 32-point lead over former champion Maze in the women's overall standings.
Fenninger is not a slalom specialist, but decided to race Saturday to try to gain a few vital points in her tussle with Maze.
Fenninger has only secured one top-20 finish in slalom -- four years ago in Lenzerheide, Switzerland -- and finished the run in 22nd spot.
There is a giant slalom race on Sunday, where Fenninger -- the world champion in the discipline -- has a better chance of pressuring Maze.
Shiffrin, who led Hansdotter by 90 points before the race, has all but sealed the slalom title.