Why is her '94 jetta hard to start on it's 1st crank of the day then runs fine? on 1994 Volkswagen Jetta

My daughter has had a 1994 Jetta GL for about 2 months. From day 2 it has been very hard to start in the morning or the first time it's cranked for the day. The engine has to turn a while before it starts. Once it starts it's fine and runs great the rest of the day. I'm also concerned it is going to damage the starter.

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seek to diagnose. fuel pump, fuel distributor and fuel injectors are common possible problems.