Taylor Townsend to join Philadelphia Freedoms

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Taylor Townsend of the United States returns a shot during her women's singles match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Young American tennis star Taylor Townsend will join the Philadelphia Freedoms, the team announced Saturday.

Townsend, 18, joins the team as a replacement for Vicky Duval, who was forced to withdraw from the team after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“Replacing Vicky is tough, but Taylor brings us some solid Mylan World TeamTennis experience and I know she will fit well with the team,” said Freedoms owner Billie Jean King. “She is the consummate team player and we can put her in singles, doubles or mixed.”

Townsend began her WTT career in 2013 with the Sacramento Capitals. In 2014, she’s won two singles titles on the professional tour. She also made it to the third round of the French Open, including a victory over the 21st-ranked Alize Cornet.