Serena Williams gets Howard Eskin off the hook

Organizers just announced that a foot injury will keep Serena Williams from playing her scheduled World TeamTennis matches this week, including games at Villanova University on Tuesday.

Her team, the Kastles, will still play the Freedoms, but the injury means that the celebrity half-time match, in which she was to partner with Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann and face Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell and WIP's Howard Eskin, has been scuttled.

Update: Hartnell and the Freedoms’ Noppawan Lertcheewakarn will compete against Preston Elliot of WMMR and the Freedoms’ Courtney Nagle. Tickets: