Freedoms' opponents include Venus Williams

Venus Williams, of the United States, retuns the ball to Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia,during the Sony Open Tennis in Key Biscayne, Fla., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Venus Williams, of the United States, retuns the ball to Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia,during the Sony Open Tennis in Key Biscayne, Fla., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Posted: March 29, 2014

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.

The Freedoms will play seven home matches at the Pavilion in July, highlighted by Victoria Azarenka's competing for the Freedoms (July 15). Andy Roddick comes to town with the Austin Aces on July 21.

The Freedoms' home opener is July 15 against former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova and the San Diego Aviators.

Freedoms Schedule

All games in July; star players in parentheses

6   at Springfield Lasers

8   at San Diego Aviators

10   at Washington Kastles

11   at Texas Wild

12   at Austin Aces

13   at Washington Kastles

15    SAN DIEGO AVIATORS (Victoria Azarenka, Freedoms; Daniela Hantuchova, Aviators)

16    SPRINGFIELD LASERS

17    WASHINGTON KASTLES (Venus Williams, Kastles)

18    BOSTON LOBSTERS

20    at Boston Lobsters

21    AUSTIN ACES

(Andy Roddick, Aces)

22    BOSTON LOBSTERS

23    WASHINGTON KASTLES

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