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.
I wouldn't find this to be too shocking tbf. For most people, the disapproval of a parent can get you pretty damn determined to prove them wrong, and she never looked more ferocious and determined than she did around then or whenever Yuri was around really.