Both players came into Linz with Singapore on the mind, hoping to grab a last-minute qualification spot into the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
With the victory Cibulkova, who currently sits ninth on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, takes a big step toward qualifying for the season-ending event; she will qualify if she wins the title, so long as Svetlana Kuznetsova doesn't win at the Tianjin Open.
"It's a good feeling to know that I have a chance at the Finals," Cibulkova said. "That's why I came here. I knew that I needed to reach the final or win the tournament to have something from it, and I just handled that so good."
Cibulkova opened the match with a comfortable service hold, but against the tricky Spaniard things quickly became complicated. The pair went on to break each other's serve nine consecutive times in the opening set, and Cibulkova's lone hold proved to be decisive as she took the set 6-4.
The Slovak held her ground in the second set, attacking Suárez Navarro's one-handed backhand with her aggressive forehands, and she broke twice to take the match 6-4, 6-3 in just under an hour and a half.
"Maybe physically it's an advantage for her, but this match against Carla gave me special confidence," Cibulkova said of her opponent's day off. "I just want finish here with a good feeling and go for it, and just keep playing like today."