Azarenka faces Aussies in Prague cup

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Grand Slam champions Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Barbora Krejcikova have been named among the competitors at next month's 12-nation Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

Azarenka will spearhead a Belarus squad drawn with Australia and Belgium in group C with only the winners progressing to the semi-finals. Belgium include Elise Martens, Alison Van Uytvanck and Kirsten Flipkens.

Australia, finalists in 2019 when the tournament was last held, are No.2 seeds but will be without Ash Barty after the world No.1 opted for rest after a gruelling season.

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic will anchor an inexperienced Australian line-up which also features Astra Sharma and Storm Sanders alongside debutants Ellen Perez and Olivia Gadecki.

Defending champion France returns Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet and Fiona Ferro from the group that beat Australia in the 2019 final.

The host Czech Republic will be led by 2021 French Open singles and doubles champion Krejcikova.

She is joined by Marketa Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up and Tokyo Olympics singles silver medallist, and Katerina Siniakova, Krejcikova's doubles partner for three Grand Slam doubles titles and a gold medal at the Summer Games.

Olympic singles champion Belinda Bencic is on Switzerland's team, while Muguruza will play for Spain along with Carla Suarez Navarro, who will be playing her last professional event. Kerber leads Germany, Fernandez is on Canada's team and Stephens with the US.

Matches will be played in Prague on November 1-6.

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