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Tennis: Gauff beats Svitolina in gruelling Auckland Classic final

Tennis: Coco Gauff held her nerve to beat Elina Svitolina in a gruelling three-set final on Sunday to retain her Auckland Classic title in an ideal warm-up for the Australian Open. The world number three and top-seeded American demonstrated her grit by fighting back to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 against the Ukrainian second seed, whose participation had been in doubt after limping through her semifinal the night before. Svitolina only returned to the circuit in April last year after having a baby.