The 19-year-old star of the sport was the only jumper to twice go further than 100metres to give her an imposing total of 252.6 points. That left her comfortably clear of Austrian pair Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (245.3 pts) and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (239,2).
With a second jump in Almaty on Sunday and two in Romania next weekend, Takanashi has the chance to beat her own record of 15 wins in a single season which she achieved in 2013/14. Standings in Almaty World Cup ski-jump: 1.
Sara Takanashi (JPN) 252.6 pts (101.0 + 103.0 m, 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 245.3 (97.0 + 100.5 m), 3. Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (AUT) 239.2 (98.5 + 99.0 m) Overall World Cup standings (after 16 out of 19 jumps) 1.
Sara Takanashi (JPN) 1510 pts, 2. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, (AUT) 1059, 3. Maja Vtic (SLO) 848.