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Chances good both Bouchard and Azarenka will play at Fed Cup tie in Quebec City

Eugenie Bouchard serves to Agnieszka Radwanska during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. A top Tennis Canada official is confident that both Bouchard and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will take part in a Canada-Belarus Federation Cup tie next month in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Vincent Thian
January 20, 2016 - 1:04 PM

MONTREAL - A top Tennis Canada official is confident that both Eugenie Bouchard and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will take part in a Canada-Belarus Federation Cup tie next month in Quebec City.

Eugene Lapierre, vice-president of Tennis Canada, said on Wednesday that Bouchard's desire for competitive matches and a light schedule should make it attractive for the Westmount, Que., native to play in the World Group II tie Feb. 6-7 at Laval University.

"She's had a good start to the season after being sidelined with her injury at Flushing Meadows (in September)," said Lapierre. "She made the quarter-finals of her first tournament, the final of her second and then had a good match against Agnieszka Radwanska (in the second round of the Australian Open).

"She said after that she is missing high-calibre matches."

Bouchard, Canada's top female player, backed out of Fed Cup play last year citing a heavy schedule, but this time her calendar should be free.

Lapierre said Azarenka, currently ranked 16th in the world, already has a hotel room booked. She needs one more Fed Cup appearance to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Rio this summer.

Tennis Canada is hoping to sell out the 3,000-seat venue for the tie. A win would put Canada into a playoff for a spot in World Group I while a defeat would put it in a playoff to avoid relegation.

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