Seventh seeded Errani beat local hope Carla Suárez Navarro 6-1, 6-2 to score her ninth consecutive win on clay. Having won the WTA event in Mexico on the red dirt in February.
“I don’t think it was a good day for Carla,” Errani commented. “It was very windy and wasn’t easy to play today, but I was concentrating hard and just trying to play my game, and not trying to focus too much on her game. Things went well.”
Third seeded Cibulkova beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-1 in 58 minutes.
“The wind didn’t help me today – it was changing a lot. But there was no choice but to handle it and I think I played well,” Cibulkova commented. “I’m very happy. It has been a good week for me and for the start of my clay court season.”
Cibulkova will be aiming to win her second WTA title, and Errani her fourth.
“Errani moves very well on clay and is very fast, but if I keep my level of play up I have my chances,” Cibulkova commented. “I will give the best of myself tomorrow.”
“Cibulkova hits the ball very hard – I have to be quick and change the pace,” Errani said looking ahead to the match on Sunday. “I have a lot of confidence coming into the final and since today’s match was so short, I’m feeling fresh. It won’t be easy, because she’s a great player, but this seems like a good tournament for Italians in the past!”