Eyeing her maiden title of the season, Saina has now set up a summit showdown against China’s Sun Yu, who made it to the finals after beating her fellow countrywoman LI Xuerui 21-18, 21-19.
Messi came on as a substitute for Augusto Fernandez in the 61st minute and went on to smash three back-to-back goals for his side in the 68th, 78th and 87th minute to put Argentina in the driver’s seat.
The 30-year-old boxer won his first two professional fights by wiping off Sonny Whiting in three rounds in October (TKO) and then Dean Gillen inside one in November (KO).
Pankaj Advani beat his 18-year-old Chinese opponent 8-6 in the best-of-15 final at Sunrise Crystal Bay resort in Hurghada.
American rival Justin Gatlin was on course to bag his third silver medal, but a careless baton change between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers saw the USA disqualified just minutes after the race.
Saina Nehwal insisted that winning the silver medal would, however, provide a lot of confidence to perform well in Japan and Korea Open, scheduled to take place next month.
In a repeat to this year’s All England Championship final, second seed Saina will fight it out with defending champion and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the summit clash.
37-year-old Bracciali was accused of allegedly arranging a match in Newport, Rhode Island in 2007. Starace, meanwhile, was charged for agreeing to sell the result of a final in Casablanca in 2011.
Phelps has produced the fastest time in the event since he set the world record of 1:51.51 in 2009 — and is two-hundredths of a second faster than the 1:52.96 Chad Le Clos swam to deny Phelps gold at the London Olympics.
Sania Mirza won her career’s first ever women’s doubles Grand Slam title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in June. She also became world number one before winning the Grass Court major.