Originally Posted by AnnieIWillKnow
For all you know, it could be reverse psychology. Maybe he wanted Maria to know that he didn't think she could beat Henin, so that she would be determined to prove him wrong. You don't know what their dynamic is. And if what you say is true, then the result of it was Maria beating Henin in a GS final.
Quite possibly, Maria does seem like someone who might be motivated by "tough love" to an extent, but I always just got the vibe that the dynamic of their relationship had become unhealthy (as most relationships between a parent-coach and player do on the WTA).