NAIROBI, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Kenya received about 100,000 more tourists in the period ending September compared to a similar period last year as improved security and intensified marketing of the country as a tourist destination paid off.

 

Some 655,058 tourists visited Kenya through its two main airports, namely the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, in the first three quarters, up from 555,856 in 2015, latest figures from the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) showed Monday.

 

The increased tourist arrivals, which is by about 18 percent, is good news to the sector that was initially on its knees following persistent attacks from the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab.

 

To fight terrorism, Kenya set aside 2.9 billion U.S. dollars on security investment to improve internal security, a measure that has led to peace, and launched initiatives to lure charter services.

 

East African nation, however, is doing more. Last week, the Kenya Wildlife Service slashed its entry fees to national parks and reserves in a move aimed at making them regionally and globally competitive.

 

KWS said all fees were capped at 60 dollars for adult non-residents and 8.6 dollars for adult Kenyan citizens effective this month.

 

KTB acting chief executive Jacinta Nzioka noted that the 18 percent growth in arrivals in the first nine months of this year showed recovery efforts are paying off.

 

She attributed the increase to the country's improved image in source tourist markets like the European Union boosted by improved security.

 

Defending champion Roger Federer welcomed the emergence of new challengers after several unseeded players made the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in nearly 20 years.

 

The Swiss 19-time grand slam champion will face 21-year-old South Korean Chung Hyeon in one semifinal Adam Larsson Womens Jersey , while 23-year-old Briton Kyle Edmund will take on former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the other.

 

The last time so many unfamiliar faces reached the last four in Melbourne was in 1999 when Tommy Haas, Thomas Enqvist and Niclas Lapenti made the semis.

 

“I think it’s a good thing. They got to make a move. I find it disappointing when their breakthroughs come at 27, because then we know them for seven years, let’s say Kris Russell Womens Jersey ,” 36-year-old Federer said after beating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.

 

“I like it when we don’t know the guys. I hardly know Chung. I’ve hardly spoken to him. I had one (sponsor’s) appearance once with Edmund over in London. That’s about it.”

 

Federer expects the men’s game to become more unpredictable with a change back to 16 seeds, rather than 32 Wayne Gretzky Womens Jersey , in slams.

 

“We like our rivalries that do exist on the tour. New names are good, from time to time, of course for the tour. I think next year when we’ll have 16 seeds, it’s going to be quite different Connor McDavid Womens Jersey ,” said Federer, who has reached his 43rd grand slam semifinal and is favorite to win a 20th major.

 

Chung defeated six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the last 16 and followed up by beating Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Wednesdayy.

 

Chung became the first Korean to make a grand slam tennis semifinal.

 

“In last game Leon Draisaitl Womens Jersey , I think at 40-love ... if I win one more point, I make history in Korea. I have to think about the ceremony, something,” he said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jersey , explaining how he got slightly ahead of himself.

 

“After deuce, break point. I was like, no, nothing to do with ceremony. But just keep playing — keep focused.”

 

Then he fully embraced the moment Oscar Klefbom Jersey , joking in an on-court TV interview, introducing the audience to his parents and his coach, and taking the microphone to speak in Korean to millions of new tennis fans back home.

 

“I think all the people is watching Australian Open now because we make history in Korea,” he said.

 

The No. 58-ranked Chung is the lowest-ranked man to reach the semifinals since Marat Safin in 2004. He’s also the youngest to reach the last four at a major since Marin Cilic did it here in 2010.

 

Two women who’ve been to this stage at a grand slam before will meet in the last four. Top-ranked Simona Halep recovered from an early break to win nine straight games in a 6-3 Kailer Yamamoto Jersey , 6-2 win over No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and set up a semifinal match against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, who routed US Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2.

 

LONDON, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

 

A goalless first leg left it all to play for at the Emirates Stadium and things were off to a rocky start for the Gunners when Eden Hazard put Chelsea in front after just seven minutes.

 

Arsenal grabbed a fortunate equalizer five minutes later when Nacho Monreal's header from a corner deflected off both Marcos Alonso and Antonio Ruediger past the helpless Willy Caballero.

 

Ruediger was unlucky once again as the Gunners took the lead on the hour. Alexandre Lacazette's cross from the right hit the Chelsea defender and went straight towards Xhaka Mark Letestu Jersey , who poked it past Caballero.

 

Arsenal will face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25.

 

It will be their eighth appearance in the final and their first since losing to Birmingham City in 2011.

 

 

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