For the first time in four years, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is returning to the Philadelphia area when she visits Villanova's Pavilion with the Washington Kastles.
Williams and the Kastles will challenge the Freedoms on July 17 in a World TeamTennis match.
Williams likely will face American Vicky Duval, in her second season with the Freedoms. Last year, Duval upset 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the U.S. Open.
The Freedoms roster includes Marcelo Melo, the No. 5-ranked men's doubles player in the world, returning multi-time Grand Slam doubles champion Liezel Huber and Canadian Davis Cup stalwart Frank Dancevic.