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Australian Open 2024 results: Coco Gauff and Elina Svitolina win, Marketa Vondrousova out



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Coco Gauff says a pep talk helped her overcome early nerves as she cruised through her first Grand Slam match as a major champion at the Australian Open.

The 19-year-old American, who won her maiden major title at the US Open in September, won 6-3 6-0 against Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

“I told myself: ‘I feel good, I look good so just have fun.’ I was able to relax,” said the fourth seed.

Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova suffered a shock exit on day two.

Afterwards, Yastremska said her grandmother’s house was recently hit by a rocket in the ongoing war in her home country.

The 23-year-old said the resistance showed by her country against the Russian invasion is what motivates her on court.

“To talk about what is going on in Ukraine in a couple of seconds is not enough,” she said in her on-court interview.

“I’m proud of Ukraine, proud of the people, the warriors and the people.

“When I was in Brisbane, before the match I was told a rocket arrived on my grandmother’s house. It was hard to play.

“We need to remember about [the war] and give as much support to Ukraine as possible.”

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