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Azarenka wins but Kenin bundled out in Brisbane

MANILA, Philippines — Nalampasan ng gobyerno ang target nitong international tourist arrivals noong nagdaang taon, bagay na nagpapakita diumano ng pagbawi ng sektor matapos ang COVID-19 pandemic, ayon sa Department of Tourism.

Ito ang ibinahagi ng DOT sa kanilang 2023 yearend report na kanilang ipinaskil sa Facebook ngayong Martes.

“Tourists have started to return to our shores and destinations, as the Philippines saw more than 5.4 million international arrivals surpassing our country’s set target for 2023 of 4.8 million,” paliwanag ng kagawaran.

Ang 5,450,557 international visitor arrivals ay datos mula ika-1 ng Enero hanggang ika-31 ng Disyembre ng taong nakaraan.

Kaugnay nito, nakapagtala naman ng P482.54 bilyon sa foreign visitor reciepts ang bansa noong 2023 — bagay na tumapat na sa record-high earnings pagdating sa pagbisita ng mga banyaga.

“The [DOT] announced that 2023 international visitor receipts have reached the tourism revenues recorded in 2019 of Php 282 million when… The Philippines reached an all time high in terms of foreign visitors arrivals,” dagdag nila.

Matatandaang isa ang turismo sa pinaka-tinamaang sektor noong kasagsagan ng COVID-19 pandemic, lalo na’t itinigil isinarado ng lockdowns ang international arrivals at karamihan ng mga establisyamento.

Isang buwan pa lang nang idiin ni House Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan na hindi dapat ma tapos sa pag-engganyo ng mga dayuhan ang turismo lalo na’t mas gumagastos ang mga overseas Filipino workers tuwing umuuwi ng bansa.

BRISBANE – Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka moved into the third round of the Brisbane International Tuesday, but Sofia Kenin was bundled out by Australian wildcard Arina Rodionova.

The 34-year-old Belarusian came back from second set jitters to see off Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya 6-1, 7-6 (10/8).

Azarenka had been in complete control early, racing to a 5-0 lead before wrapping up the first set.

A two-time winner of the Australian Open, she then got an early break in the second set and appeared to be cruising.

But Kalinskaya began to find her range as Azarenka faltered, failing to hold while serving for the match at 5-4 and 6-5.

The tiebreak was just as dramatic, with Azarenka having five match points before getting over the line.

Kenin, also a former Australian Open winner, was stunned by Rodionova, who had a successful year on the lower-level ITF Circuit, winning seven titles and taking her ranking to a career-high 113.

She has brought the form into the season-opening tournament, beating opening round opponent Martina Trevisan before outlasting a rusty Kenin, who made 52 unforced errors in the 7-5, 7-6 (9/7) defeat.

Rodionova said playing in front of a big crowd on Pat Rafter Arena was reward for t he hard work put in on the ITF Circuit.

“I think that’s the reason why I’m having so much fun out there because, as I say, I’ve done the hard work,” Rodionova said.

“I’ve played in the small cities, small tournaments where no one is watching.”

There were also upsets in the men’s draw with fifth-seeded American Sebastian Korda and Argentinian sixth seed Sebastian Baez both crashing out.

Germany’s Yannick Hanfman downed Korda 7-5, 6-4 while Baez lost to Lukas Klein, with the Slovakian qualifier winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Australian qualifier James Duckworth also enjoyed a good win by ousting American JJ Wolf 6-3, 6-4.

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