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.
Zidane had earlier quashed speculations that he was going to replace Benitez as the team coach, saying that he is still in a learning process when it comes to coaching a senior team.
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).
The 23-year-old goalkeeper created history three months ago when she became the first Indian to feature in a FA Women’s Premier League club after being signed up by West Ham Ladies.
Pankaj Advani beat his 18-year-old Chinese opponent 8-6 in the best-of-15 final at Sunrise Crystal Bay resort in Hurghada.
Former Ajax and Barcelona star Johan Cruyff added that he was feeling stronger after receiving so many wishes and prayers since his diagnosis.
The Barcelona striker’s brother Matias confirmed the news on Twitter: “Mateo has just been born, he is beautiful,” adding that they are savouring the moment of happiness.
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.
President Pranab Mukherjee honours tennis player Sania Mirza with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015 at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.