Garcia looked untouchable in the first set and for much of the second, blasting 30 winners and breaking Pliskova's serve three times en route to the 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory.
Fourth seed Naomi Osaka of Japan booked her place in the third round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win over Italy's Camila Giorgi.
"I was really focused each game and each point. Especially against top players, one point can make the difference. So I had to stay very calm and keep going," the world number 50 added.
"In the end it got too dark to go for 6.15 meters and I felt it was unsafe to continue any further," said the world silver medalist. "I felt I was in the zone. But you have to be prudent."
CHENGDU, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Title favorites Qingdao Renzhou faced little challenge at Thursday's Chinese Badminton Super League as they defeated Xiamen Tefang 4-1 to secure their sixth straight victory of the campaign.
Rondon continued to demonstrate his prowess in the second half. In the 48th minute, the Venezuelan striker assisted Swedish winger Sam Larsson to stretch the lead for Dalian.
Garcia looked untouchable in the first set and for much of the second, blasting 30 winners and breaking Pliskova's serve three times en route to a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory.
It was a bizarre way for the Frenchman to lose the jersey which he had kept for three days after winning the stage two.
In the other two clashes of the day, Hunan Hualai beat Zhejiang Energy to remain in third place, while Shenzhen Nankeda whitewashed Jiangsu in 5-0 to clinch their second win of the season. Enditem
Duplantis tried to challenge Sergei Bubka's 26-year-old outdoor record of 6.14 meters, but failed to continue after one unsuccessful attempt at 6.15 meters as darkness set in.
"This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strength to the group. Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that," explained Van de Beek, who will wear the No. 34 shirt in memory of former teammate Abdelhak Nouri.