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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections.
World number two Simona Halep, sixth-seed Angelique Kerber and two time champion Venus Williams tumbled out of the US Open as upsets wreaked havoc on the women's field. French Open champion Maria Sharapova was trying to avoid the upset bug when she took the court against Sabine Lisicki for the night's final match on Friday. Instead the fifth-seeded Russian was hoping to match the smooth progress of men's second seed Roger Federer, who found a way past the booming serve of Sam Groth in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 second round victory over the 104th-ranked Australian. "You don't get much time to adjust," said Federer, who returned one 142 mph (228.53 Km/h) Groth serve for a winner.